I am getting so frustrated with the System. Reconfiguring a company has it’s ups and downs, and after having five PRM’s (social workers) in a period of two and a half years, I can’t wait to be done.
The PRM is the one that makes sure we are following the rules set forth by the Department, and they are really supposed to be a support to us as a Foster home. Our newest PRM thinks it’s her responsibility to go back to the beginning like we’ve never been certified before. Like asking about our dogs. I felt like saying, “Well, we have two pit bulls, who are very aggressive and might just kill the kids one of these days. For now they are okay, except for the three cats they ate in the past two days.” Seriously. After having four other PRM’s in my home, don’t you think they just MIGHT have checked up on our dogs.
Then she starts warning me about certifications that are about to expire (she later admitted it was their fault they had dropped the ball), and that our stipend will be cut by 50% if we do not have them up to date in time.
First of all, who gives a rip about the stipend. It’s not enough to pay for a child’s food, let alone anything else. I felt like showing her (again) Jeremiah’s bedding, clothes, toys, and specialized food we give him. I don’t care how much I spend on him, in my heart he is mine and she can throw the stipend out the window for all I care.
Second, we have never been late on renewing any certification in our two and a half years of being Foster parents.
Third, not one other PRM has warned me about cutting a stipend. They all recognized that we take good care of our children, and didn’t focus on being disrespectful.
Fourth, it is her job to keep up on what needs to be renewed. She did not do so a few days ago, and therefore has to come back next week because SHE forgot HER paperwork.
Can’t wait until this is over.
No more Social Worker’s allowed!