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  1. Hmmm, right now I'm thinking that I'm a rather old dog, and this is a rather new trick...:-|

  2. Webby is phat. (Apparently that means cool too)

  3. Episodes 9 and 10 are really beginning to get to the meat of things.
  4. I don't think Phatram has implied anywhere that she has ever let her frustrations be known to any children she is caring for. You have to remember that there is a very high (some would say unrealistic) expectation of what the carer will provide for the children. As has been stated, most of the money a carer gets is for maintenance of the child, and along with that comes a pretty lengthy list of things the child is expected to have.
  5. I don't understand... Are you suggesting that because Phatram feels undervalued at work it must mean she's only in it for the money? That's ridiculous.
  6. **Yawn** Ok, no-one in the UK who has any knowledge of or is professionally involved with fostering refers to foster carers as 'foster parents' when refering to them in an official capacity.
  7. Hmmm, maybe you should have looked a little closer at this website before posting....
  8. Nobody refers to foster carers as 'foster parents' anymore. Of course fostering is a profession, many colleges do specialist HNC and HND in fostering related subjects. Would anyone suggest that a nursery teacher is not a professional? Arguably all they do is play with little kids all day. As I think has been made clear in earlier parts of this thread foster caring is not like normal parenting. Aside from the many challenges the kids come with, you also have to deal in a professional way with their families as well, and I can assure you that is often way more challenging and difficult than any situation you're ever likely to encounter in most other professions. The posters on this thread who think that fostering is just parenting with a salary have no idea what they're talking about.
  9. The Win98 driver should do it: HP OfficeJet 710 Series All-In-One Driver HP Officejet 710 All-in-One
  10. Thanks very much for the donation Linz - it really is very much appreciated.
  11. Jot down some bullet points about your case and take them to the interview. You'll probably be able to have them in front of you. I find it helps as a 'safety blanket', although I've never actually refered to them. Wear something quite bright. Enjoy the experience, not many people get to do it. IMPORTANT: If it's going to be live, ask the interviewer what the questions are likely to b e before you start, that way you can prepare. Remember, the last thing they want to do is trip you up so they'll be very happy to discuss the interview in advance.
  12. Well, if I ever want it back all I'll have to do is tell her I got it from Woolworth's and she won't want it any more. :-|
  13. £169, plus £35 per month. If she goes over the tariff it will be confiscated.
  14. I just got my 14 year old daughter an iPhone. I think I must be mad.
  15. I think that there's a lot of misunderstanding about what a foster carer actually does. A lot of people think that it is just about caring for children, which on the face of it doesn't seem that difficult. But more and more nowadays foster carers are expected to take on an expanded role. I met a friend for coffee today who is caring for a newborn boy who it is hoped will be rehabilitated back to mum at some point in the future. Because it's so important that the baby bonds with mum my friend is having to supervise contact in her home between mum and the baby for two hours a day seven days a week. Mum has zero parenting skills so my friend has also been asked to work with her to help her develop some. It's this type of work that is covered by the 'fee' element of the payment package, A big bugbear at the moment is that foster carers are being asked to take on more and more responsibilities that used to be taken by social workers. The comments about allegations are well made. I read an apparently reliable article which stated that 1 in 6 foster carers can expect to have an allegation made against them at some point. In Scotland (as I pressume it is in England) an allegation automatically means the involvement of the police. The overwhelming majority of allegations of course turn out to be completely baseless, but they are all fully investigated and I'm told it's not a pleasant experience.
  16. The OP doesn't need to specify the type of children they foster. All temporary foster carers are likely to end up with children as described above at some point or other. There are very few children indeed who come into care without some sort of problem. Nobody with any knowledge of the situation disputes that most foster carers are chronically underpaid for what they do.
  17. I take it then that you've never tried to look after a heroin addicted baby? How about a child with severe Foetal Alcohol Syndrome? Or what about one who was rented out by his/her parents to pay for drugs?
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