Friday, February 5, 2016

TGIF 2-5-16

Happy Friday everyone. I hope you have a great day, and a wonderful weekend ahead. Me? I’m surrounded by computer pieces and parts, and will be spending the weekend playing electronic jigsaw puzzle. My current rig will move onto being the Family Computer, so that will be good. With this upgrade, I definitely see Fallout 4 in my future, so distractions abound, but everything will fit together nicely. I have all of my files backed up on an external hard drive, and won’t be nuking this one until the new one is fully ready to go, so you should see no interruptions in your Frequently Interrupted services. Fun times.

Foster care update. The frustration level is on the increase. Nothing traumatic, and nothing that will cause any long term problems, but I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t do well with bureaucracy. I firmly believe that things should work, and systems that seem almost designed to not work are a bad thing. Welcome to almost every child services program in Arizona. On one hand, things have been going fairly well and I suppose I should have expected that not to hold, but, on the other hand, I was kind of hoping that things would continue going well and we might actually get to be an exception to the normal rule of bureaucratic inefficiency. No such luck. Oh well, this too shall pass. Nothing has gone wrong, exactly. It’s just more of the standard, “We lost this report that you’ve filled out three times already, so we will need you to do it again,” or, “I know you already did this one, but they’ve changed the requirements so you’ll have to start over from the beginning,” or, “Yes, we’ve already contacted your references more times than a criminal investigation would do, but we need to do it again because we forgot to cross this T.” Like I said, nothing we won’t get through, but still frustrating. Even more frustrating because I know that this state has one of the worst backlogs of children needing help through the foster system than anywhere else in the country, and I’m looking right at a big reason why that is true.

None of which changes my stance on foster care, in general. If I had it to do over, knowing what I know now, I would do it again. I would probably schedule a few more reminders and follow-ups, knowing what I know now, but I would still say yes to fostering, and I still recommend it to anyone who has the time, love, and capacity to do it. The benefit on the important side of the equation is not diminished in the least because of the broken nature of the other side. I would love to take a red pen to the processes and procedures of this system, but we don’t always get to choose the tools we use. Sometimes the best tool for the job is just the only tool at hand. We do what we can and make the best we can with it.

I’m a little behind on getting new items added to the store, so sorry about that. It looks like I won’t be doing that this weekend either, but I’ll get additional colors added as soon as I can. Thank you to those who have already ordered, and take a look if you haven’t. It’s greatly appreciated.

The new writing schedule seems to be working out well, so I hope you are enjoying it. As always, sound off in the comments and let me know. We always look forward to your thoughts and comments here.

Have a great weekend, and thank you for being part of our Frequently Interrupted community. Don’t forget to share with your friends and help our community grow. We can’t do this without you, and we appreciate each and everyone of you. See you Monday.


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