Got a call last night from my case worker asking if we could do the final home visit this morning. Ahh!! Before I could even formulate a thought, a big giant YESSS was coming out of my mouth. Shortly after hanging up I realized my house was in no way ready for a home visit. Thinking that she’d probably frown upon 6 loads of dirty laundry lining the hallway & a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink tall enough to cast a shadow…I cleaned like a fiend last night. Gotta love the smell of Lemon Pledge after midnight!
We went over the last of the paperwork. Reviewed the case summary that would be submitted & talked about what to expect going forward. Sounds like I will be added to the DCS system later today & my license will be official! What a great way to start of a rainy Thursday. Make it a great day everyone!! 🙂
My first Home Study was earlier this week. It was surprisingly easier than I thought it would be. I heard some horror stories and read some crazy blog posts about how detailed the studies were, but am pleased to say it was actually an enjoyable experience. Prepping for it was another study. I basically pulled an all nighter the night before trying to get my place looking it’s best. You can practically eat off my floors! Pretty sure it’s never been so clean. I mean seriously, who really cleans the inside of their oven?? In any regard, the foster care specialist told me I had a few more forms to fill out & needed to get a new fire extinguisher. Turns out they expire? $19.25 later, I am the proud owner of a NEW fire extinguisher & sent in the rest of my paperwork yesterday. Should everything continue as planned, it’s likely that I’ll be licensed by the end of the month!!
So crazy to think how fast this has all progressed. Pretty sure someone has had a hand in moving this along. So grateful to know that He has a plan for my life…and I’m just along for the ride. This soon to be Foster Dad is VERY EXCITED!!! Stay tuned! 🙂
This past weekend I finished the last of the Resource and Adoptive Parent Training (RAPT) classes & wanted to quickly explain what each of them were. RAPT1 was an introduction into foster care. We discussed what to expect from this process, terminology that will frequently be used, and how we as foster parents can be most effective. RAPT2 was an online training about child abuse and neglect. Word to the wise, DON’T take this 4 hour class before going to bed. You’ll have crazy dreams & wake up in a funk. It covered the different types of abuse and neglect. RAPT3 was a much more light-hearted class that taught us more about how to care for these children, what to expect from them behavior wise, etc. Overall, they were very interesting classes but I’m glad to have them done. Now just have to finish up the rest of the regular trainings (CPR certification, First Aid & Universal Precautions, Bloodborne Pathogens) & pass the home study and I’ll be finished! Wish me luck. 🙂