If you a teenager who is even fairly articulate you know exactly what "respite" means! It means temporary relief from something
Eventually the 2 weeks came to an end and I went back to my foster family. Just as I knew would happen they had returned home with loads of happy shared memories and photos. Of course the pictures were admired and some were put on show - and I left feeling excluded and marginalised and third rate.
I am not saying that respite care is always wrong but it needs to be handled extremely carefully if it isn't to do serious harm to the foster child.
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A little while ago I wrote a much shorter piece on the same subject as a blog comment.
The blogger then wrote "Look, I've just read Eve's comment for about the tenth time. If anyone in fostering wants to know how to do this job they have to ASK PEOPLE LIKE EVE."