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Looking into foster/foster-adopt, does the vax status of my bio children matter at all? Because, um, they're not "current" to say the least.<br><br>
I'm sure this has been asked a million times, but I couldn't find it and I can't see straight after browsing about 100 pages of posts in this forum! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Like EVERYTHING with fostering and/or adopting, it depends on where you live. Your kids will likely have to have a physical exam. Vaccination status will likely be on the form. Whether that's something that can be waived, will vary tremendously.
 

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I will have to let you know on this one in a few weeks. We are changing our license to adoption right now and need to resubmit our updated physicals. 2 of my kids are not "current" with the states recommendations. One kid has a medical exemption for being allergic to vaccines after 3 consecutive bad reactions and the youngest at the age of three has up to her 6 month vax. Im not sure how to handle this one.
 

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I'm wondering when to ask about this... my children are not vaccinated at all, and I have no intentions of ever vaccinating them. I don't want to be halfway through the process only to find out that we can't proceed. I also don't want to say first thing, "Hi, I'm Colleen. Our kids aren't vaxed. How do you do."<br><br>
I wonder if it would help if our HCP could sign something saying that even though our kids aren't vaxed, they are healthy and well-cared for? I know they will have to get physicals, so perhaps that will be sufficient. Or it might be a non-issue anyway.
 

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I doubt it will be a "non issue." Whether it's a "deal breaker" issue is another story. How are vaccination exemptions usually handled in your state when it comes to schools?
 

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Non-deal-breaker is more what I meant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I doubt it's really a "non-issue" for anyone!<br><br>
NH has medical and religious exemption. It hasn't been necessary to get one for my children but perhaps it would be useful to look into now. We also don't do well-child visits, so I don't have much of a medical paper trail for my kids. I'll start working on that now.
 

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I've heard of people having problems (not sure what state but I think I read it here) getting an exemption since the exemption statute is for schools. Since fostering isn't school, the exemption wouldn't count.<br><br>
But you're in NH right?
 

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Yes, NH. My older Dd is 5, and would be entering K this year if we weren't planning to homeschool.
 

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It was a non issue for us.<br><br>
Included in our foster packet was two physical forms, one for me, one for my son. The one for my son (who is now 11) was basically a vax form. Our dr (whom we've only seen a couple of times, each time for an adoption physical, so its not even like we have a huge relationship w/ her) just wrote "none by parental choice", and that was accepted by the agency no problem.<br><br>
I live in MI which has really great vax exemptions and great homeschool regulations, so that may (or may not) have had anything to do with it.<br><br><br>
Katherine
 
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