Thursday, April 02, 2009

Foster Care Update

It has been a while since I updated what is going on with the foster parenting situation. I basically just gave myself the month of March off to make sure I would still have the interest and desire to continue with this goal. It all happened so quickly at the beginning of February with applying and starting the class that I didn't have much time to really second guess myself.
The short answer is YES, I still want to do this. The long answer involves a lot of excuses about why I am dragging my feet getting the paperwork turned in. The biggest hold up in an expensive one involving my driving record. (I drive fast. So sue me.) April is shaping up to be one very expensive month already with state taxes, car inspection (new tires AND windshield), property taxes, blah blah blah. Add on top of that a few hundred more dollars for the driving record issue, and well, that's just going to have to wait a few more weeks. (I'm looking at over $1,000 all in money to the government alone, not including fed taxes. Ah, the price of living.)
The process required to become a foster parent is rather long and tedious. It amazes me that "bad seeds" put themselves through this process. Not only is it a huge time suck, but it can be expensive to get all the right furniture and prepare your home.
Right now if the world cooperates with my plan, I'll be ready and licensed to take in a child/children by the end of July. I have it all planned out to pay off the driving record issue in May, and turn in my paperwork then too. In June I'll buy the necessary furniture. And my license should come through in late July. Hopefully right in time for a child to move in and get comfortable before school starts in August.
I am still feeling at times overwhelmingly compelled and inspired to do this. What started off as a whirlwind beginning, has now slowed to a much more manageable pace. I still need your support and encouragement. Keep asking me. Keep bugging me. It helps keep me motivated!


  1. This will happen, I just know it! When the time is right, it'll all work out.

  2. You go girl!! It will all work out when it is supposed to work out-- but you are there and that is all that matters-- because you are AMAZING!

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  4. My brother & his wife do foster care and they've said the same thing about 'bad seeds'. It really makes you wonder. But it is great when wonderful people like you and my brother stick it out and take in kids. Gives you faith in that whole system.

  5. I'm 36, Mormon and single and have also thought of Foster Care to get the I-want-to-be-a-mommy needs met. But decided against it, for a few reasons. I live with my mom, she's end up playing grandma- not fair to her. I would still have to work. It would not help the already not so great social life. Due to lots of experience working with people with disabilities I know I'd get that and living it and working it would be too hard.

    I'm interested to see how this goes for you.


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