Monday, September 08, 2008

Foster parent orientation...Check.

So I went to the 3 hour orientation about becoming a foster parent tonight. I am pretty excited. Very overwhelmed. There is a lot that goes into it and I am not sure if we can qualify for everything we need to. I am unsure if we make enough for them to consider us able and they are checking into the fact that my children do not have immunizations (Two of the guidelines are that you have a minimum income level and that your children in the home are immunized...mine are not...but that is another blog post). Both Ryan and I will have to complete 30 hours of training, plus 7 hours of CPR class, plus fill out a mountain of paper work and get a home study with a bunch of requirements. I went alone to the meeting and towards the end I was starting to feel like maybe I wasn't really ready to do it. I started to doubt the time commitment it would take and my ability to get all of the paperwork done on top of everything else I have going on. Then something happened. The foster parent liaisons got up and talked. They told their stories and had a question and answer time. I inquired as to the probability of getting an infant with special needs. Would it be hard? Are infants available? They told me there is such a need for foster parents, even for babies, that I would probably get an offer to get a baby placed in my care the moment I get my license. Then I remembered why I wanted to do this in the fisrt place. How ever much work it takes and whatever heart break is involved with the loving and giving back of a baby is worth it to show the love of Jesus to a vulnerable little child. Now if only I can keep remembering that....
Lord what baby do you have for us?

2 comments:

Eric & Tara said...

Overwhelmed much?? I hear ya sister. The paperwork is completely rediculous...but yes, Malak was worth the pain and overwhelmed-ness and tears and annoyance that all of the red tape and paperwork was. So so worth it.
Keep me posted on how everything is going!

tabitha jane said...

were you with the foster family care network? i used to work for them . . .

YOU are much more qualified to foster children than MANY of the foster parents out there! most of them do it (sadly) just for the money . . . your heart is in the right place.

blessings on you for having such a servant's heart!