Visits with friends/how to reassure parents?
We are recent foster parents of a teenager in a fairly isolated rural community. The kid doesn't really know any other teens in the immediate area but does have some friends a bit of a drive away (50 minutes is the closest, I believe). We were trying to organize some social time with a friend for 4th of July. The idea was that we would talk to her mom on the phone first, then meet in person, and if everyone felt okay with everything, she would spend the day with us and we'd drop her back off after fireworks. Her mom was not comfortable with the distance, however, which is understandable but also difficult because of where we live. We are willing to travel ourselves and drop him off for a few hours with a friend while we chill in the area and pick him up later and hopefully that will be reassuring. But I also understand that our situation is somewhat unique and we might need to do more to make other parents (especially birth parents, I suspect) feel comfortable with friend visits regardless. Has anyone else come across this/have advice?
Overall things are going very well, but it is summer and he is a teenager, so as much as we're glad he seems to like spending time with us we would also like to see him spending time with some of his friends closer to his own age.