Saturday was our third foster parenting training class. We had a nice surprise when we found out our trainer was an old friend from high school. We knew she was working at our agency but all our other trainings were with someone else. It was fun to be taught by her. She truly cares about foster kids and has worked in various roles at our agency so she could speak from different perspectives. This class covered three areas: attachment, loss and discipline.
We were a little bummed to find out that they had changed the day of the July class and we are not available for the new date. We will have to wait until August to finish up our classes now. After looking at the time schedule for licensing, it looks like we should be licensed by November/December. Although we are anxious to get things started, we are comfortable with this time frame. D is taking a great deal of credits in the fall and it seems like a more realistic and ideal situation to not have any kids placed with us until after his semester is over.
My dear friend Heather asked me the other night if I thought we would be ready by December to be parents. I have no idea! It all seems so surreal right now. We talk about it all the time and we are very aware that life is going to change soon but right now we are just going on as normal.
On a related note, I was thrilled to hear about the orphan care initiative started at Saddleback Church last week. I pray that more churches will embrace such program and that more people will realize God’s heart for the orphan.