As I look ahead to our spring break plans I've had to start considering respite care for Primo.
Every molecule of my being is rebelling against leaving Primo in respite care.
Mike and I started out doing respite care, the good experiences we had with respite led us to doing foster care full time. Respite care is so valuable to foster parents and their children. I have always sung the praises of those who do respite care.
The problem I have with Primo going to respite care is that he feels like part of our family (we were instructed in training to treat foster children like one of the family), I would never have sent one of my daughters to a baby-sitter while the rest of the family went on vacation.
I know Primo's situation is different from my daughter's, he has parents and siblings who don't want to miss their weekly visits with him. And to be honest I don't relish the thought of flying with an infant.
Another part of the equation is that the two foster families I know who do respite and I feel comfortable leaving him with are unavailable for the dates we need.
Even if one of these families were available, from Primo's perspective it would still amount to spending a week with strangers.
This may be one of those foster care things I'm going to have to get used to.
For the record I just don't like the idea!