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Did You Remember to Dial *67 First?

2011 November 21

Cell Phone

It’s going to happen sooner rather than later. Your foster child is going to have a telephone visit with their bio parent and of course they are going to make the call from your phone. In a time when it is rare that a phone does not have caller ID, you want to be careful about protecting your privacy and your family.

Make sure you do two things:

First, you dial the number for your foster child.

Second, before the number dial *67.

It’s easy and most plans don’t charge a fee, or at most a very small one. Dial *67 and then the number and your telephone number will not show up on the parent’s caller ID. What they will see are the words “PRIVATE CALLER” And it works with both land lines and cells!

This will eliminate that impulsive call when the bio mom or dad should be working on their issues, and instead call you at three in the morning to give you a piece of their mind, or three in the afternoon to demand to talk with their child.

Most states, like Pennsylvania, require that the bio parent know where their child is staying, which means knowing your address. Rarely does it happen that they seek you out. That requires transportation, going someplace they aren’t that familiar with, and a lot of nerve.

But calling your number takes a few impulsive seconds. Why leave the temptation right on their phone?

Remember, dial *67 before the number.

Try it now by calling your land line with your cell.

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  1. November 21, 2011

    I just tried it — it works 🙂

    I guess I never thought about an impulsive call at 3:00 a.m. from a biological parent.

    I can appreciate that with younger children, you dial the number but what about teenagers? They can just pick up the phone and call their folks. I know that in my case, I have my phone permanently blocked so that my phone number never shows up.

    • Kent permalink*
      November 21, 2011

      Hey Blog Lady T.,

      Several years ago we added an option on our phone service that required those with blocked numbers to hang up, dial *87 and redial our number. This would take the block off of their number; otherwise our phone wouldn’t ring. So that would be a viable option to add that feature to our service again. Now if the bio-parents had that feature, we would have to change our methodology. In that case you may want to choose a cell phone that normally travels with you. That way, if there is a call back it’s to you and not the house phone.

      Your point is valid regarding older children. Though I can’t hope to cover every base, we can make our phones available in some parts of the house, such as the living room and our bedroom, and not in others. At no time will any kid be a lone in the house, so it will be easy to monitor things like phone usage.

      Thank you for reading and posting!

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