"Hi. I'm calling from the Department of Children and Family Services. We have a child who has been taken into protective custody and is in need of a foster home. Would you be interested?"
Whenever I receive a phone call from a social worker, asking me if I can take a child into my home, I usually have a general idea of what I am getting myself into. I am given the child’s age, gender, brief background and family information, and any known problems or challenges. I know that I will host these little visitors who will have needs that I will try to meet, who will stay temporarily, and then will leave to continue their journey with someone else. I anticipate welcoming them into my home for as long as necessary.