Trials are not enemies of faith but are opportunities to prove
God's faithfulness. -- Author Unknown

God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one
to say 'thank you?' -- William A. Ward

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Finished with Classes

We finished our foster care classes on Thursday. Just in time for Ananya's surgery. I have to say that was about the most stressful 5 weeks I've had in a while. We had to be in Charlotte on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 5 weeks. We had to find a babysitter for 10 days. We had to leave home between 4:30 and 4:45 (0ne day I left at 3:45 and we were still late) and we didn't get home until at least 11:00. It was hard to do homeschool, therapy, or any kind of cleaning in general. I've been so tired.
It was a good experience though. We are very excited to be working with Another Choice for Black Children. They specialize in hard to place foster children ages 8 and up and sibling groups. They have been doing this for a while and are well known and well respected in the field. The biggest sticking point for me has been that they offer post placement services. They say that we are becoming part of their FAMILY and so when we have problems, they are there. They have a monthly kids night-out, mom and dad's groups. They also do outreach work. I'm excited that they will be helping us find our next children.
The classes are good. It was alot of things that I've covered in the process up to this point. I've done my research and had a general gist of the process. I don't think that they realized that I do know what I'm doing and don't take this lightly. I also don't think that they realize our commitment to our children. It was a lot for us to find a babysitter for those 10 days. We normally just don't go places that we can't take our children.
Now we are waiting for our packet. We have to do the medical form (about the only time my family doctor sees me is to fill out a medical form for an adoption). Then we can start with the homestudy and fire inspection. Once the state certifies us, then we will be ready to take a placement at anytime. Of course, we have been on the AdoptUSKids website looking already and will be ready to get information as soon as we are cleared.
I'm so excited to be taking this journey again.
We are looking at children mainly 5-11 years old, possibly a sibling group, with no regard to their age or sex. We will probably end up with at least a boy that is close to Anthony in age. We are also looking for a bigger van.


Peter and Nancy said...

Oh my goodness, you've been busy! I'm glad you have two big things over with -- surgery and all those classes. I feel the same way you do about being gone from the kids that much. :o)

I hope you can catch your breath a little bit before the next adventures start! We pray for our future children too, before we ever see a picture or meet them . . .

Julie & Patrick said...

So I understand why we haven't heard from you in a while! What an exciting new path you have entered. I can't wait to follow along to see where it leads you. Hope all went well with the surgery too.

Julie R

ColleenC said...

So impressed by your jumping back into the addition mode so quickly! I have always thought of doing foster care (hopefully someday!), think it is awesome that you are and hope that you have your perfect addition(s) soon!