Wednesday, January 16, 2013
It is hard to believe that we are already at that point where we need to start the renewal process for our foster care license. I've already filled out the stack of paperwork our licensing specialist gave us, made all the copies she needs and have completed 4 of the 6 hours of required training. Thankfully we are allowed up to 4 online hours through foster parent college. We will still have to attend a class next week to complete our remaining 2 hours. Our licensing specialist is coming on Thursday to complete the paperwork and do our home inspection. Now that we have been through this once before I am nowhere near as nervous as I was 1 year ago! As long as I do some last minute cleaning and putting certain things away we will be good! I can't help but reflect on our last year of fostering and wonder if it is at all what I thought it would be. I guess my answer is yes and no. I still very much feel like a rookie. We have not had any of the typical challenges, have never had to deal with bio-parent visits and has pretty much been, "here's a baby, enjoy him!" Besides the emotional ups and downs which I don't think I was really prepared for, and chasing a toddler around again, our lives really haven't changed much. It actually makes me more nervous when we end up with a "real" foster care situation. I still feel very much unprepared. We are at that point again where everything is up in the air, we have no real date or timeline so we have no idea when our world will drop out from underneath us!