SO, Lesson #1 is to keep up with paperwork. I mean, fill it out the second it enters your hand, read it that very evening, make the appointment as soon as you have enough information to do so, and hand everything in to your social worker ASAP.
Stay ahead or fall so far behind that you'll never catch up!
The class wasn't exciting, but it didn't seem like it was three hours long either. After introductions, we were given a broad overview of the foster system in a question-answer format. And there was a video highlighting the lives of two foster kids.
What was impressed upon us was the purpose of this licensing process. It is essentially a huge, three month interview between Amos and I and Child Services. They are interviewing us to see if we are a safe place for their children, and we are interviewing them to decide if their children are a good fit for our family. The outcome can be one of four:
1- We and Child Services think that working with foster kids is a good fit for us.
2- Neither we nor Child Services think that working with foster kids is a good fit for us.
3- They think we'd be great, but we don't think it's a good fit for our family.
4- We think we'd be great, but Child Services doesn't.
Only options 1 ends in licensing. Option 4 is everyone's fear. Rejections is always a possibility in foster care. Child Services may reject us or foster children may reject us. REJECTION.
A sweet and Godly cousin of mine told me recently that
Rejection is God's Protection.