We are beginning the process of adoption through the foster care system. We have chosen an agency and are at the very beginning stages of this journey. This is just an update on where we are in the process.Yesterday I was planning to send everything off to our agency. This is officially the second step in the process, although it feels like we've been doing this forever. We went to the orientation meeting in September, that was step 1. It took us a while to figure out which agency we wanted to use, but once we decided, we requested the information we would need. Over the Christmas break, we worked on all that material. We made copies of our marriage license, birth certificates, drivers licenses, social security cards, car insurance, renters insurance, diplomas, background check form, prepared an in depth application, filled out questionnaires for both of us including essays and health formation forms for all three of us, health insurance, vaccinations for all 3 animals, created a floorplan of our home with exits, and our first born child. :-)
One thing that was supposed to be included in the packet is a copy of our CPR and first aid training. We had scheduled to do that yesterday, but it was cancelled and we had to reschedule for next Tuesday. As soon as we do that, I will copy it, include it in the (large!) envelope and mail it off! We have already had our fingerprints done (I had mine twice because the first set was rejected!) and the adventure of taking all three animals to the vet to have their vaccinations updated. It was an adventure! Through it all, we have been reminded of God's call on our lives to do this.
We are currently preparing for our fire and health inspections. We have purchased but need to install two additional smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher. We have gathered all of the medication in our home, discarded expired pills properly, and secured all medications. Eventually they will need to be double locked, but today they are just in a box. All the outlets in the home are covered - this step wasn't too hard because most of them were done because of Wesley!
This week I plan to make the appointments for the health and fire inspections. This is a little bit scary, but hopefully will be okay. Our foster counselor is out of town until February, so I hope to get some things done before she gets back and then we can just knock into it when she returns.
Once we have our inspections complete, we will begin training. These are a combination of online and in person trainings. Once we are trained, we will have our home study. I feel a little bit like we're just starting and almost done all at the same time. Obviously there will be ongoing things to maintain our license and just because we are certified, doesn't mean a child will be placed with us.
Any questions? Anyone out there adopted through the foster system have resources or advice for us? We're excited and terrified!