Here are some of the biggest concerns I have.
- Time - Chase and I both work full time. While I believe parents can both work and still raise a family, I'm very concerned about time issues... How will we be sure the kids are picked up from school? Can we afford after school care until we get off work? I work from 8-6 on almost all weekdays and 8-1 every other Saturday. Is there enough time left to devote to children? Chase pretty much gets to set his own hours as long as he works 40+ hours a week...and he's supposed to go in one day per weekend.
- Discipline - Chase and I have never been parents before. Will we be consistent but loving disciplinarians? Will our strategies work? Will we even agree on those strategies?
- Pain - As Chase and I take children into our home, love them, and then help them move back in with their parents/relative/adoptive home...will we be able to handle the pain of losing them? The goal of foster care is reunification.
I truly believe this is something God has called us to do, so I have to trust that He will equip us with what we need.
Just in case you don't know what this process will look like for us...Here's just a little overview of the process.
- Application - basically you fill out a form with your social security number, demographics, house information, references etc. DONE. Chase and I have made it through this step.
- Initial In-home Consultation - This is what will take place tomorrow. The agent will meet all of our pets, perform a complete tour of our home to verify it meets licensing standards, review our paperwork and the licensing process, and get our fingerprints for more background checks.
- Classes - Chase and I will both have to attend about 27 hours of classes (3 hours per week for 9 weeks).
- Home Study - While we're attending the classes, a home assessment work will conduct 3 more home visits. If approved, we'll be licensed!