Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I spoke to Wilma this afternoon, and she assured me that my check for November was cut today, so I should get it in a few days. Sabrina was with me for about a third of the month, though she was with her dad for a reasonably fair chunk of that time, and the amount of the check for a third of the month covers, I think, all of the clothes I've bought for her, the toys we bought once she came to live with me, and the crazy food items that I wouldn't have bought for myself (you know, like milk). And, I think, today's Christmas shopping.

For December, I will get the full amount, even though Sabrina is with her dad until the end of the month and she only has been eating (for the most part) food that her aunt has sent her back to me with. I am very grateful to live in a jurisdiction that has reasonable reimbursement/payment rates, but the past month certainly makes it seem like I could be doing this for the money. (Which, I hope it is clear, I'm not.) But while I don't have a job, it is good that I am able to use the board payment in part to cover, in part, my rent, so that I don't have to move out of my 2 bedroom apartment and stop being a foster parent.


  1. Hope this isn't too personal, but out of curiosity, how did you get approved to foster parent even though you don't have a job? That is unusual, most jurisdictions I know of require people to have an income (either disability or a job). I was even worried because I'm not working but my partner is, but fortunately that's fine. But a friend who is single and not working was told not to even bother applying to be a FP.

  2. I had a job until about a week before I got my license. And I do have an independent source of income at the moment (unemployment compensation), but I'm certainly hoping to get a real job soon!