January 25, 2011 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm #594469
B”H our second foster child is now a chasson. Both are presently engaged. Quite a unique feeling. Hopefully, I get some more time to describe it.January 25, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm #733121☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
Tizku L’mitzvos, and Mazel Tov!January 25, 2011 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm #733122jesse123Member
mazel tov to who?January 25, 2011 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm #733123At home bubbieParticipant
MAZEL TOV! MAZEL TOV! May you have continued nachas from the entire mishpacha. This is really a special time. Enjoy!January 25, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm #733124doodle jumpParticipant
Mazal Tov. What a B’racha. May we all share only s’machos.January 25, 2011 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm #733125smartcookieMember
Wow! Mazel tov! That’s really special!
May you have much Nachas.
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Thank you.January 25, 2011 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #733126eclipseMember
That is beautiful!!January 26, 2011 1:45 pm at 1:45 pm #733127yogiboobooMember
mazel tov! iy”h both the happy couples should have simcha, nachas, mazel, bracha, parnassah, shalom bayis, hatzlacha and goos things ad meah vesrim!!!!!! so exciting!!!!January 26, 2011 6:51 pm at 6:51 pm #733128amichaiParticipant
mazel tov and much nachas!January 26, 2011 7:02 pm at 7:02 pm #733129HadaLXTPMember
Mazel Ubracha. Only Simchas in K’lal YisraelJanuary 27, 2011 5:22 am at 5:22 am #733130aries2756Participant
Mazel tov! May you continue to shep nachas from these couples and the rest of your children.January 27, 2011 5:34 am at 5:34 am #733131i am hereMember
Mazal Tov!!!!! Mazal Tov!!!!! Mazal Tov!!!!! Mazal TOV!!!!!January 27, 2011 5:34 am at 5:34 am #733132ProfessionalMember
Fab, mazal tov!!! much Nachas from the entire family!!
My friend is looking into fostering, can you offer some good tips? may I ask what type of shiduchim are suggested to such kids when they reach the age?
asking only LeToeles, Mazal Tov again!January 27, 2011 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm #733133
Professional – I am more then willing to try to address you questions.
1. Not everyone is fit for fostering. We took some boys into our home almost immediatelly after we got married, but not as foster children. At a later stage we officially filed forms to become foster parents for exceptional chidren, and by hasgacha a social worker from the non-exceptional department saw our form and contacted us. At a later stage we were obligated to take a course which was done specifically for frum families, although some felt a little bit uncomfortable.
Our first child, whom we received at a young age is Chasidish, and we’re Litvish-Yeshivish. Looking back at this point it was far from trivial, especially since he learned in a Cheider, which doesn’t take funding from the Zionist-government, and frowns on speaking Hebrew at home. I speak a little Yiddish I picked up in Yeshiva, and my wife knows a little as well, but none of our children know. When he first came to us, he knew almost no Hebrew, no English, his father’s family is from the US. All of his Hebrew he pretty much picked up was at our home. I still recall a funny moment when he came home one day and said something of this sort, please don’t mind my broken yiddish:
“Der menahel hot gazugt az mir tor nisht redden in di shtib in ivrit, mit di shvesteren oychit”, to which I repled, “zog tzi di menahel az dein shvesteren kein nisht redden in Yiddish”
We had one couple in our Foster family preparation group, who ended up taking our second foster child, which ended up not working out, and therefore came to us. My impression of them were so excited and jubilant, but completely out of touch with reality, which was true about most of the participants, and to be honest, I think the most important factor when raising children who are not your own as your own, is “perserverance”. Since I had experience in Special Ed. this was much simpler for me, but it was still a nisayon.
As far as shiduchim. The first one is engaged to soemone from a very similar background who grew up in a foster home, whom my wife knows from get togethers, but we didn’t make the shiddich. The second has somewhat of a similarity as well, but since he has some Yichus, the situation was a little different. He is also related to my wife.
In general the shiddich process was more difficult, but far from being locked out.January 27, 2011 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm #733134cutie pieMember
WOW! MAZEL TOV! 🙂January 28, 2011 7:26 am at 7:26 am #733135always hereParticipant
Mazel Tov!! Wishing Much Nachas to All!! 🙂
My amazing sister-in-law & brother-in-law had many foster children over the years. B’H!
One boy they married off; the couple resides in a neighborhood nearby, & then they raised the couple’s son! I believe he’s already a bar mitzvah.
Another boy, whom I remembered as a baby sitting in a bouncer-type seat on their floor, I then re-met years later as a schoolmate aquaintance of my younger son. (he was happily back with his real family.)
A groisser yasher koach to Foster Parents!January 28, 2011 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #733136ProfessionalMember
How likely is it that foster kids would have no major issues and would be easy to raise?
Yichud also seems an issue.
Fab?January 29, 2011 9:08 pm at 9:08 pm #733137
Regarding Yichud. The psak we received from Rav Ulman. There is no mitzvas chinuch regarding yichud, therefore, so long as the children are below bar bat miztvah, there is no issue from there side, and as far as our chidren who are below bar-bat mitzvah age.
On a personal level we didn’t have too many problems since we have a large family, and for part of the time my in-laws, mostly my father in law, since my mother in law past away almost immediatelly after we started caring for her were living with us. My father in law passed away two years later, but that’s another story. We also had some other people living with us, who were mostly adults, who needed a family to take care of them as well, again that’s another story, and there were yichud questions as well. Generally speaking I was usually in town, however, the heter of Baalah b’ir is not so clear in this specific case, and my wife was generally at home.
There are lots of practical solutions. Homes with two doors, and a possibility of locking from both sides may help. Living in apartment complexes like in E”Y can also make things easier, if you can make agreements with neighbors. You need to learn the halachas well though. Our living room was visible as well. In Bnei Brak, you pretty much live together with your neighbors. This helped as well according to Rav Ulman.
Regarding foster children with no major issues. If you or anyone else wants to go into the field, you must be prepared for difficult times. One of them was violent at times, and he was also dangerous to himself. In a few years we were in the E”R 5+ times.
Fortunatelly both of them have been very succesful, and got excellent shiduchim, but you never know where things are going to end up.
I used to shutter watching DZ cross the street, and Purim time, wow that was a blast, he blew up a peice of firework in his hand, and almost lost a few fingers. He made a neder never to touch them again, which apparently he kept.
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