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question about foster/adopt

post #1 of 7
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I am a single, divorced mom of two girls, 4 and 7. I would like to start the process of doing foster adoption. I'm wondering if it is allowed to take foster kids out of the county though. Currently I drive my girls 500 miles once a month to visit their dad for a couple days. In the summer, we go for 10 days a month. He has a history of domestic violence. I wouldn't let the foster child be around him, but would it be a problem to take the child out of the county that regularly?
post #2 of 7

Foster children are often on a fairly intense schedule of appointments and visitation themselves that the foster parent has to accommodate. You'd have to ask permission of the case worker to be out of the area that much. I've heard of foster parents having permission to do that as long as it didn't interfere with the foster child's needs for appointments and visits. Have you taken the basic foster parent training yet?
 

post #3 of 7

Yes, it's allowed but you need permission from your caseworker first.

 

It would depend on...

... your caseworker's job competence and willingness to work with you

... your foster child's visitation and doctor/therapy schedules

... other factors like the method of transportation, where you will stay, etc.

post #4 of 7

Here in Michigan you can take the child anywhere in state without permission. You can take them to the tip top of the UP if you want, as long as they remain in state. However, if you are going to miss visits and such, that would have to be arranged.

post #5 of 7
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Originally Posted by krisnic View Post

Here in Michigan you can take the child anywhere in state without permission. You can take them to the tip top of the UP if you want, as long as they remain in state. However, if you are going to miss visits and such, that would have to be arranged.

 

Its kind of funny that i could take them hours away but still be in-state but drive half hour over the border into toledo and i need permission. 

 

That being said, i took my then-foster (now adopted) son to Canada when he was about four months old and it was no problem. I didnt have a birth certificate for him but a letter from the agency stating i could take him and they were ok with that. I called ahead of time to make sure i had exactly what i needed to cross the border. 

 

Typically here you would need birthparent permission to travel. And any missed visits might need to be made up. 

post #6 of 7
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Its kind of funny that i could take them hours away but still be in-state but drive half hour over the border into toledo and i need permission. 

Right? We always joked about that in FC. Take them 8 hours up north? No problem. An hour away to Indiana? No good! 

post #7 of 7
Same experience here. With permission, I was allowed to take foster kids to a distant state, by plane, be gone 2 weeks, no big deal, great opportunity, all that. But I live 7 miles from the state line, and needed written permission to go grocery shopping there. Sheesh! Someone thought up these rules! In my state at least, visiting another county is no issue at all. No one asks, no one cares. If you are going to miss scheduled visits or appointments, arrangements would have to be made. But really, not a big deal. It might be nice if you could explain how foster child would benefit from the trip - the great amusement park, museum, or whatever in the other city. Something like that that. But many foster families take fosters on family vacations. It would be fairly rotten if they couldn't.
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