I used to write here as we were researching whether we could adopt. We then became short term foster parents and had two wonderful placements, both young babies. Only weeks after a baby had moved in, I realized I was finally pregnant after years of secondary infertilility. Thus I am now on "mothernity leave" from fostering, at least until our baby turns 1.
We had waited until our older child turned 6 until we felt she was ready to be "big sister" to a foster babies, who would come and go. We agreed to take in babies younger than one. When our little one was born 3 months ago, I thought we would never foster again, or at least not for a long time, as I think a baby needs to get to be the only baby for quite some time. However, this baby, unlike our first, has been very easy-going, and I am now finding myself thinking that I would not mind having more to do. The money would not hurt, either, and to my great surprise I miss my identity as a strange sort of a working mama. (The placements are anything from a day to about half a year, and we know none of these kids will stay with us.)
If you were in my shoes, home with e.g. an 8 y.o.(home schooed) and a 1,5 y.o., would you dare foster 2-5 year-olds, one at a time? I am pretty sure our baby will still be carried and nursed a lot at 18 months, even at 2, so I don't think I will be ready to foster an infant for quite some time. However, I am wondering if we would be ready then to take in a child who was no longer a baby (no more bottle feeding, etc.) but also not old enough for school yet. (I know that we could get a 4 y.o. still in diapers...)
I do realize that e.g. 4-year olds can be very different from each other, especially considering the circumstance from which they come, and I would receive very little information before each child's arrival.
So, would you do it? Why? Why not? How old would you want your baby to be before fostering again?