If you go back and read her whole comment on my other post you will see where she is coming from and you will see that she has very good reason to be concerned about bio parents having this information.
To answer your question Carol, yes, I do think about that and worry about being "harassed", but more so I just worry about their misconceptions about access they would have to Lizzy in general.
Honestly, I can always just change my phone number. I don't want to have to do that, but if it got bad enough that is what I would do. I am glad that you and your agency have decided to do everything you can to protect your children and you. I do feel, in your case, that is a necessity. I have not been put in the position you have been YET.
Obviously, I need to proceed with caution. I do plan on being a little more careful with my next cases. BUT, I kind of have been cut off at the knees when it comes to privacy anyway. Let me explain how:
1. Everyone that comes into the agency has to sign in on the sign in sheet. First and Last names. I often have to sign right under my child's bio parent's names. So, all it would take was them glancing at the sign in sheet at any time that sits there for all to see and they would have my first and last name.
2. There is no separate parking for me vs. the bio parents. They all know which car is mine and could copy down my license plate number any time they wanted.
3. When we go on vacation we have to fill out a sheet WITH THE ADDRESS of where we are going. The bio parents have to sign this very same sheet allowing the children to go WITH THE ADDRESS ON IT.
4. Often times the workers will hand me paper work in from of the bio parents that has my full name and address on it. I know on one occasion I accidentally left that paper work alone in a room with a bio parent.
I feel like they do so little to protect our address that it honestly is hopeless. I obviously do not give it out, ever, but all they would have to do is google my name and if they end up knowing my husband's first name (which they all have known) it would be VERY easy to look me up.
I am well aware some day this may be a problem and I don't plan on giving my phone number to everyone. My two little girls that just left were a case as such, dad wanted our phone number, but I never gave it to him. I don't regret that. I don't think we would have had some stellar relationship and they didn't even go back to him.
It is not a good idea for these people to know where we live. Any of them. BUT sometimes, after you get to know them...it works out ok. Honestly, I think we all need to be issued cell phones that are for foster care only that have no addresses or names attached to them at all.