I have decided to start a foster care blog separate from our family blog. My hope is that someone out there maybe inspired by our journey into foster care, and decided to foster themselves.
My husband, and I had only been married two months, when we decided to look into becoming foster parents. Fostering is something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl. It took my husband some time to warm up to the idea.
Below a post from out family blog written in Aug, of 2008.
Wayne, and I have decided to pursue becoming foster parents through a local private foster agency called Georgia safe. It is a long process, and it will most likely be 3-6 months before we receive a child.
We have decided to care for a child between the ages of 0-4 yrs old, who may or may not have mild developmental disabilities. We also stated that we would be willing to take a sibling group of two children if they are both under the age of 4.
So far we have filled out over thirty pages of paper work, submitted copies of every important ID, or paper pertaining to our life. Got a few things notarized, full medical physicals, and mailed everything to the agency.
Next weekend we will travel to Albany, GA. Which is just over an hour from Thomasville, to begin our IMPACT training. ( Initial Interest, Mutual Selection, Pre-Service Training, Assessment, Continuing Development, Teamwork)
After our weekend long training session we will submit finger prints so that the agency can run a background check,
Once our background checks come back clear (Wayne you better not have any hidden secretes!!), we will begin the home study process. I have heard that the home study is the hardest part of the process.
They tour your house, and asked details of your entire life. Questions about your parents, how you were raised, your views of discipline, why you want to be a foster parent etc.
Once the home study is complete all of our info is then submitted before a review board, and we are either approved or dined.
There are so many loving children who need a good home, someone to love them, someone to care about them. Someone to show them that they are important.
Can you imagine being five years old and diagnosed with cancer, not receiving the right treatments, because your parents are too high on drugs to notice.
Can you imagine being a baby born to a mother who has no place to live, no food to give you.
Can you imagine being a teenager fending for yourself because your parents are alcoholics, and spend all of the money on alcohol.
Can you imagine living without power,food, clothes, and shelter. That is some of the challenges these poor children are faced with
While I know we can't save the world, it feels good to know we can make a small difference.
I will keep you updated as we venture further into our foster care journey.
We received our license on December 5, 2008.