Hello! I'm new here and I'm hoping to glean some more information about fostering. I'm really just in the beginning stages of research and it may be a long time before I decide or decide not to do it.
I'm a single 20-something in Alaska and would only be expecting to foster an infant, as I work as a NICU nurse and thats the stage I feel most comfortable with. I could definitely take care of an older kid, but they would need to be with me from infancy.
I have a lot of concerns about the impact on my life and their life, however, that would need to be soothed before I jump into a huge responsibility that an affect many lives.
For example, finances and logistics are an issue I know they offer a stipend for daycare, but being a person that works 12 hour night shifts with no possibility of working day shifts (and honestly no interest), how would I find an overnight daycare or a 3 day a week nanny (day and night, because I work/sleep/work/sleep/work) that I could afford on the little stipend they provide? I can't afford daycare on my own with a single income. Do they do dual home fostering, like divorced parents with split custody do?
Is there such a thing as short term foster? Can I give the office a schedule of when I am not working (which is 4 days a week) and take kids for respite or transitional care? This might be an option that would be best for me and my work schedule, but may not be a possible scenario.
Everytime I talk myself in, I feel like the impossibilities outweigh the possibilites. I really need to personally contact the office but I feel like everytime I call I get an answering machine and when they reply I'm at work or sleeping so they leave a message for me and it becomes a game of phone tag.
Support, thoughts, ideas, concerns?