So I haven’t heard from Cindy again. I plan to text her and just tell her I hope she’s safe and ok. I think the baby will go into foster care in that state, and I only hope that Cindy is able to get the names of the parents if the baby gets adopted, so we can try to keep in touch. But if she comes back prior to giving birth (just like she did with M), the only way I would be able to even possibly consider taking the baby is by applying for an emergency kinship placement via foster care. Even direct placement adoption via private lawyers is out of my price range (my price range is $0).
I was told by the agency licenser (of my former agency) that they wouldn’t consider me a kinship placement and license me emergently for M’s siblings. I don’t really think that’s how it works though… I feel like as M’s parent, we are a kinship placement, and should be contacted and asked if we want the baby, just like M’s half-siblings’ other parents were asked if they wanted her prior to moving forward with adoptive placement.
Fellow foster parents, am I wrong?