Please bear with me.
I am new to this board, and need some information before I put out money for tuition at our local nursing program.
I am a mother of a combined family of children, some adopted, some birth. We have two grown boys, and five still at home. Our adopted children (for the sake of distinction here only) came with an immense amount of "baggage" ( all foster/adoptive children do
I have been a parent for 16 years, a foster parent for 15, and have never been in this situation before.
I have one child that has been extremely difficult to parent <attachment disorder BIG time>, failing all classes in school for past 2 years <though school says she is "capable" of passing>, she is 14 years old.
I slapped her in March, for lying to us, leaving school when she was not supposed to, and forging a teacher's signature. <I KNOW, I know, I know..............NEVER discipline a child in anger
There was a bruise, and to make this already long story a little shorter, after all has been said and done, I know have an "indicated" child abuse in the New York State central clearance registry.
The county was very thorough in their investigation, pulling no "favors" out just because I had been a foster parent for years <just stopped fostering Feb. 2001>. I was honest from the beginning of the investigation, and was not shocked in the least of the finding.
No further action was taken, no criminal charges filed, and no plan of action for this child implemented <though we are in therapy to try and get a handle on coping, since this occured>.
This was a one-time incident, and I know that is no "excuse".
I am not looking for encouragement, nor condemnation, believe me, I am condeming myself more than enough already.
My question is how will this affect me becoming a nurse?
Any insght, or information will be greatly appreciated.
I am sorry for the drawn out details