Happy Monday y’all! Hope you survived the weekend.
I guess the universe heard me Friday with my post on waiting to hear from the county regarding foster care training. We received a small packet in the mail on Saturday inviting us to the next MAPP session, which starts October 19th and is 5 Saturdays long (9:00 am to 4:00 pm). The letter also stated that some but not all background checks are done prior to training, so there is a chance after training that you will not be able to proceed due to past criminal/traffic history. While I don’t believe this applies to us, I definitely would prefer to be cleared prior to training! I get a background check every year for work so I’m not worried about mine but I wonder for my husband. They sent an RSVP of sorts with the letter, where you could say YES! I will start MAPP training on the 19th. You can mark NO! I cannot make it but I am still interested in foster care. And lastly you can mark NO! I am no longer interested in foster care. It’s amazing to me that they didn’t send any packets of info regarding foster care or want to meet with us prior to training. Unfortunately with my husband’s work schedule we can’t do Saturday classes. So I reluctantly sent back the RSVP NO! I cannot make it but I am still interested.
In other news, my husband has a second interview for the Pennsylvania job. We’ve just gone through this and he didn’t get it so I am trying not to plan as much this time and just go with the flow!
Or non-update. We sent in our application to our county’s foster care division of their Social Services office nearly 4 weeks ago. I guess I will be calling Monday morning to find out if they have everything they need to proceed! In other news, my husband is interviewing again for a promotion. This one is also in Pennsylvania, but in the Harrisburg area. So glad I kept my info on foster care and adoption in Pennsylvania after the last round!
I am sure you have read about this in the news, but I had to share in my utmost disbelief!
Little One loves to play veterinarian with our dogs. Luckily, we have the most laid back dogs you could ever wish for, and here she is inspecting Chuckleberry’s teeth!
Couple Adopts 14 from Foster Care
How cool is this family?? (link above)
So I am sure there are many of you out there like my family, waiting in limbo to be licensed for foster care or adoption. Or right now it doesn’t fit your family situation (work, marriage, house size, etc). But there are other ways to help! For my job I have worked with a wonderful nonprofit in the Raleigh area called The Hope Center. They work to help the homeless and nearly homeless find jobs, housing, transportation, counseling, etc. Because a large part of the homeless population was at some point in foster care, they also work with children who have been or currently are in foster care to make sure they graduate high school, get into college or find a job. They have mentoring for these children and also tutoring. Many need tutoring to get their GEDs. I am lucky to have been accepted as a tutor for this program and I am very excited. You can read more about The Hope Center at their website (link below).
AdoptUSKids also has a great list of other ways that you can help in your area. These include becoming a mentor, volunteering a service like photography, help to fundraise or donate to foster care organizations, and becoming a court-appointed special advocate (link below).
It is hard sometimes to look past our own lives since we are so busy with work, family, errands, doctor’s appointments and the like. But many of these activities could only take up a few hours a month and be done as a family. I hope you’ll consider other ways to help!
Hope Center: http://hopecenteratpullen.org/
I don’t know if you follow Jen Hatmaker and her blog, but this piece on how adoptions grow, emotions change, and families work things out over the course of the first year after adoption is amazingly helpful!