We haven’t posted about it much, but we are still working on getting licensed for foster care. Last week we graduated from state training! The state of Utah requires us to do 36 hours of training hours, which ended up being more helpful then I thought they would be.
The classes covered issues kids in the foster care system often deal with, how to work with biological parents, abuse, how trauma affects brain development, what we can do to make the adoption process smooth for kids, and of course, all the legalities and logistics of foster parenting and adoption.
As anxious as we are to be done with the licensing process, both Anthony and I ended up really enjoying the classes. We learned so much and feel like we got a lot of good advice on how to deal with things we will probably be facing.
One of my favorite things about the training was meeting all kinds of other people doing the exact same thing we are. It was so nice to meet others wanting to grow their family through adoption and going through the same rigid process to work with the foster care system.
After taking these classes, we feel like there’s no way we can’t do foster care now. There is such a need for it in our area and we feel even more strongly that families are essential and that every kid deserves to grow up in a stable, loving home.
If we can provide a safe, nurturing place for kids as their parents work toward reunification, we feel that would be an amazingly fulfilling thing to do. We are also hopeful that Heavenly Father is bringing some spirits to our home to join our family through adoption.
Anyway, now that we have graduated we both kind of feel like: “OK, OK, let’s stop talking about it and just get started!”
Now we’re doing some last minute things to prepare our house for the home study and working on the extensive application (background check, immunizations, detailed questionnaires, etc.).
It feels so good to be this much closer to having kids in our home!