Saying "Yes!", Waiting

Our First “Yes!”

During the licensing process, our Licensing Worker encouraged us to be very honest with ourselves about the children we would be able to parent. What behaviors could we manage?  Fire setting?  Animal abuse?  Sexualized behavior and acting out?  Violence?  What special needs are we willing to work with?  ADHD?  Autism?  Bi-Polar Disorder?  Developmental and cognitive… Continue reading Our First “Yes!”

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Foster Parent Licensing Parts Four and Five: Don’t Die on Me

Foster Parenting Step Four:  CPR and First Aid Certifications So in order to be good foster parent, you have to keep the kid physically alive.  An absurd amount of the foster care licensing process is dedicated to how to not kill or seriously maim the child; how not to have your house burn down; and how… Continue reading Foster Parent Licensing Parts Four and Five: Don’t Die on Me

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Foster Parent Licensing Step Three: How do you do this, exactly?

Foster Care Licensing Step Three:  Foster Parent University School.  Can you hear us breathing a sigh of relief?  Between the two of us, we have clocked more than twenty years of higher education so this was an area in which we felt right at home.  Six hour PS-Mapp Class for six Saturdays?  No problem.  Reasonable… Continue reading Foster Parent Licensing Step Three: How do you do this, exactly?

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Foster Parent Licensing Step One: The Information Session

"Do you have what it takes?"  This is, essentially, the main question that the licensing process will try to answer.  That and, "Is your home a fire hazard?"  The second question can be resolved by simply making sure you have a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector in literally every room in your house.  (I'm… Continue reading Foster Parent Licensing Step One: The Information Session