I have a neighbour who may lose her kids soon to foster care....a DD (11) and a DD(3).
My own take is that she needs help - not her kids being removed - but who knows what CPS (called CAS here) will decide? She has been called on many times - mostly for neglects.
CPS was at her house yesterday - and she expects them to be back today. I have a not-so-great feeling about the whole thing....
Her DD (11) and my DD are best friends. Her DD is here all the time (9-9 on weekends, 3-9 on weekdays). Should she go into foster care I would like to take her. From what I know of her family none of them may be able to take the girls.
It saddens me to say that I do not feel I can take the youngwer child. My life is just not set up for a 3 yr old. If they could find a family locally who could keep the kids together - that would be better - but who knows if that will happen??
I am not sure how to proceed.
Does anyone know anything about foster care in Ontario?
Here a few circumstances that may make me not a good fit. I do not want to invite CPS into my life if I know I do not meet criteria:
1. My house is messy. I do not think it is dangerous (and the child in question is 11, not 2) but it is not spic and span. We have been doing minor renovations lately, and this has added to the mess factor.
2. I have a big dog. He barks at the door and is a little scary to outsiders. We tend to put him away when strangers are in the house. The neighbours DD is absolutely fine with him, of course, as she almost lives here.
3. Her school gets out at 3:30. I work, 2 days a week, from 3:30-5:30 (well, beyond that, but DH is home after 5:30). My son who is 14 would need to watch her, or she would need to go to a sitters.
4. Otherwise I am your usual crunchy mama - my kids are HSed, they are unvaxed, etc. I do not think this would cause issues.