I just received a question from a new reader and hopeful new foster parent, and I wanted to ask all of you. Not having other children in my home, I'm not really familiar with the requirements.
Question posted with permission from new reader, Shelly:
"I have run into a snag and I'm looking for some input. My husband and I have 9 children, 4 are grown and have moved out. We currently have 5 at home, their ages range from 4-12. Three of my 5 have neuro deficits such as bipolar, aspergers, adhd, sensory processing disorder and tourettes. All three of them rec'd the recommended vaccinations. My last two are vaccine free and have NO neuro problems whatsoever. My husband and I made this choice years ago and are happy with it.
My husband and I decided to pursue fostering and have put much thought into the decision. We recently started our classes and are excited for this journey. In reviewing the packet, I found that all children (bio and otherwise) are required to be fully vaccinated. I phoned the licensing specialist and she told me it is required and there is no waiver allowed; it is a deal breaker. I'm in knots over this and quite frankly, I'm not sure what to do. I could of course, have my children start the vaccination schedule, but I'm worried sick they will be affected. Have you encountered this with other parent that you connect with?"
I know Shelly would welcome any advice or input!