"It feels a lot like an exercise in futility.

Caregiver reports are the only way I have as the foster parent to communicate with the court and advocate on behalf of the child in my care.

I feel it is my responsibility as the foster parent — the person who is spending the most time with the child and observes her changes, patterns, and development — to help the court understand who this child is and what she needs. So when I spend a considerable amount of time gathering information and anecdotes for this report and then disseminating it into something readable for the court, it feels defeating to never hear whether anyone received it and to have no idea if the judge actually read it.

It feels a lot like an exercise in futility.

I have never been asked a follow up question or been given the impression that the guardian ad litem, social worker, or judge has even read it. There must be a better way."