HomeChild CareDoes anyone know anything about fostering a child for just weekends?
Posted in Child Care on 17th December 2010

Does anyone know anything about fostering a child for just weekends?
I want to foster a child, but don’t have a lot of time. I know that in some places, they have “Weekend Care” where you foster a kid for a weekend and maybe some holidays. ANY info. or links or anything about this would be very helpful. I have many questions, and some are below:

Is it the same child every time?
Is there a chance that they’ll need you on the weekdays at all?
Do you get to request a certain age/gender?
Is it every weekend or just when they need you?
Do you still need to have a home inspection and take classes like you do for regular fostering?
Also, is there any other name for this or just “weekend care?”

Things like that. Thanks. Also, I live in San Diego and cannot really drive to LA or anything every weekend. Thanks 🙂
The point of the weekend care thing is this:

Weekend Carers look after children and young people who live in residential homes or schools. Care is needed for children for regular, short periods usually at weekends and holidays.
Sometimes the experience of weekend care encourages young people to think that they could live with a foster family.  At the very least it offers a break from residential life and gives them a chance to have a different experience.
Morgaine-
Haha true. But I was actually 1. asking that plane quesion for/about my friend (even though we’re the same age), and 2. I am asking this question from an adult’s standpoint. I love kids so much and I am trying to convince my parents about this whole fostering thing. So really, THEY would be fostering, but I would like mostly take care of the child! I just didn’t write about ME (14 years old) wanting to foster one because I didn’t want all this crap about how I’m too young. So it’s just less confusing to write it like this. 🙂

Best answer(s):

Answer by Allanas
It sounds like you’re looking for something more like a mentoring program. I’d check out “Big Brothers, Big Sisters” and get a kid to mentor. You get to “be there” on the weekends and such, but they live with people in a better place to keep them during the week.

To answer your question:
I’ve never heard of weekend care.
I mean, that’s quite an upheaval for a kid to move in and out of your house constantly. Generally, foster care wants kids stable.

You should contact the foster care agencies/departments in your area. They’ll know all the details.

Answer by Happie L
What you suggest sounds like “respite care” for foser children.
Is it the same child every time? NO
Is there a chance that they’ll need you on the weekdays at all? MAYBE
Do you get to request a certain age/gender? YES
Is it every weekend or just when they need you? ONLY WHEN NEEDED
Do you still need to have a home inspection and take classes like you do for regular fostering? YES
Also, is there any other name for this or just “weekend care?” RESPITE CARE

Answer by Morgaine
3 months ago you were asking if you were old enough to fly to see your friend alone.

Now you want to foster children?

If you are not old enough to fly and make a connection alone, you are not old enough to foster children, even on the weekends.

Answer by colleen j
Try asking your parents if you could get a foreign exchange student instead

Answer by Ferbs
It’s also called Respite Care and provides a much needed rest for foster parents who need a break OR during holidays when they themselves need to visit their families and can’t bring their foster child with them. I’ve been told very recently by a worker we’re dealing with said that is a VERY busy time.

Answer by Rosie
Fostering children is not for the faint of heart. It is hard work and a lot of emotional difficulty for the parents, the children and the child coming in.

There are fear issues, sleeping issues, bathing, feeding and toileting issues. Over holidays, the foster children are often miserable, being away from home. They often get sick and act out in respite care.

Your parents would need to do whatever regular foster care parents do and be prepared for a lot of disruptions to their weekend.

Answer by Looney Tunes
I never heard of weekend care…..but, Respite care sucks for foster kids.

Imagine being a foster kid and DUMPED for a weekend or a holiday because your foster parents (a) want to do something without you, (b) want to spend time with “their family” or (c) can’t deal with you anymore……Makes a foster kid feel great.

I hated respite care and even though I never said, it felt horrible every time I was “dumped” again.

You want to help?

Volunteer at a local group home or orphanage (yes they exist in the US). You will have to go through training and background check, but then there are lots of things you can do……even teens can work at group homes.
Also:
–Organize a backpack drive so kids have backpacks to carry books but also their personal belongings when they move
–Organize a toy drive because most of the time, the toys in group homes are broken, used, missing pieces, etc. And there are never enough. Also, during x-mas and holidays, some foster kids get nothing.
–Goto a group home and read with kids or play with them.
One local group home in my city lets teens “volunteer” and they spend time with the kids, playing, reading, etc.
–Offer to help with homework.

Respite care is not the only way to get involved. Check into your local group homes or “orphanages” and see what they need help with.

Answer by ManInTheMoon
I Think It Would Probably Be Best For All Parties, If You Adjust Your Hopes With Some Reality. And I’m Not Being A Smart Azz. There Are Many Organizations In Need Volunteers To Work With Our Youth, Consider Big Sisters & Big Brothers Of America. Mentoring Is Important, & Would Provide You Fewer Time Restrictions Until You Find The Time In Your Life For A Realistic Commitment.

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