I know that some of the people who read this blog came here because I’m a foster mom (although, we don’t have any foster kiddos.. ha!)…
And it just occurred to me that I have a trick that I don’t think I’ve shared on here. Being a foster parent comes with some risk. The kids that are in care come from unsafe environments and that danger usually is because of what the biological parents either did or didn’t do. We’ve been very lucky and have had mostly positive interactions with the biological parents that we’ve dealt with, but that’s not always true. And the truth is that you just don’t know who you’ll be dealing with. So, I advise foster parents to be careful. When they share photos, I tell them to make sure that the address isn’t in the photo, or that you can’t see their license plate….
One of the easiest ways to find someone is through their phone number. A few years ago, I decided that I wanted us to be unlisted. I didn’t want anyone to find us through our phone number. Our kids were starting to learn it and I knew that whatever they are learning they repeat. So, I called the phone company. I don’t remember the exact number, but the phone company was going to charge us every.single.month to be unlisted. I thought it was ridiculous. I even called another phone company to switch my service, but the second charged even more! But, someone shared a work-around with me that I’ll pass along to you… You *do* have to pay if you want to be unlisted, however, you don’t have to be listed as yourself!
So, if I call you and there’s a wierd name on the caller ID, it’s still me. I called and changed my name and edited my personal information. They tried to give me a hard time, but they really didn’t have a leg to stand on… if I’d just gotten married, I’d be changing my name. This time I was just wedding with “the system” instead.
I encourage you to be extra creative if you go this route.. ever wanted to be a Kennedy? Mmm.. or maybe royalty? Mrs. Pitt?