Foster parents?


January 30, 2003, 10:28 AM
Anyone here done/doing foster care? With firearms in the home?
By the way, for those who don't know (I didn't), in Most states, foster children cannot handle firearms.
We're in our classes right now for adoption through foster care. Just curious if there are any others here?

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January 30, 2003, 11:08 AM

You are to be congratulated and thanked for undertaking such a selfless and loving calling.

I don't have foster children, but as a former prosecutor used to have to argue for the removal of certain children from horrible circumstances and terminate dirtbag parental rights.

In my state, there is no prohibition on foster children handling firearms under the supervision of foster parents. However, it is the mindset of most Health and Welfare / Family and Children's Services social workers and their supervisors that the presence of firearms is a danger to children, and they often try not to place children in homes where firearms are known to be present. It usually comes from the so-called "experts" at the national level who make a living "training" these social workers in workshops that social workers must take for continuing education credits to maintain their licenses. Sometimes the department has even promulgated rules to that effect.

Though I would not advocate false statements when asked about the presence of firearms, not bringing up the subject or downplaying it, and if pressed, stressing your safety and responsibility in the storage and use of firearms will likely minimize the :what: reaction that social workers doing placement evaluations usually exhibit when firearms come up.

Best of luck to you, and thank you again for opening up your home to children who need and deserve the loving and caring guidance you can offer.

January 30, 2003, 11:21 AM
So far so good in dealing with the issue of firearms. No glass gun cases, and loaded self defense firearms must be in a 'safe'. Otherwise they must be kept separate from ammo (we have a gun chest for our long guns, this would require another locking location for ammo. Have a pistol 'safe' for handguns, and it can be used as is with loaded firearms).
We are going to be adopting, which means legally free or 'legal risk' children (parental right termination is underway).

January 30, 2003, 11:24 AM
My parents did foster care up until about 4 years ago when they decided that at 60+, they were a little to old to be chasing toddlers around the house. So naturally, they now have some great-grandkids to chase around the house. :)

They had firearms in the house the whole time they did foster care. They have always stored their firearms safely, so I don't know if they even had to change anything about the storage or if they were even asked. They did have a bunch of really stupid rules they had to abide by, but they also enjoyed it. They had one bedroom set up complete to handle two newborns up to about 4 years old.

January 30, 2003, 11:40 AM
There defintely are some odd rules. And there is a different standard. For instance, Utah has the 'soccer mom' seatbelt clause (panders to excessivly large Mormon families), where if your familiy is larger then the number of seatbelts, you just have to use the available seatbelts and thats okay. Foster parents have to have the seatbelt space for the children they care for.
We'll probably do Respite care and Shelter care until we complete an adoption, then probably advance to doing Foster in addition.

January 30, 2003, 08:16 PM
The socialist worker asked if there where guns in the house, (yes) and why I had them (I emitted the politically correct response: for competition target shooting, and was silent on self defense).

We then endured a brief lecture/quiz on storage and handling, straight from the MMM website, accompianied by horror stories of children trying to kill themselves, and so on.

In the end, we concluded by agreeing that some people shouldn't have guns.

I'm certain that I meant violent felons shouldn't have guns. I'm also certain the socialist meant everyone except police.


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