When I was about 11 years old I was staying with my Aunt Val. She had to run some errands and left me at home with a mission. There were two little girls that were going to be on the news for Wednesday’s Child (a program to encourage adoptions from foster care) and I was supposed to write down the number for her and any other info they gave on the sweet sisters. I took that job very seriously (as any 11 year old do when entrusted with an important job) and within a few months they were my Aunt Val’s new daughters and our whole family quickly fell in love with them.
Ever since then I have had the plan in the back of my heart that I wanted to adopt from foster care too someday. When Nick and I were dating I told him that was something I planned to do and he agreed we should later on in life when our kids were older.
I got this really strong feeling that we needed to start looking into it. Not later, now. I tried to ignore it and get it off my mind but it wasn’t budging. I don’t know how else to describe it besides saying I felt homesick or like I was missing someone and this was our path to finding them. Nick was surprised when I told him I thought now was the time but he trusted my gut.
Once I got looking into adoption I found out how desperate the need in my area was for foster parents. The beauty of starting off as a foster parent was that if a child came into our home we could keep them safe and loved until they go back home with their parents or if that wasn’t a possibility we could keep them forever. It would help save that sweet babe from having to move from home to home, which is one of the most difficult and damaging things for them. It would also mean that the children we love and attach to might have to leave us. We decided the benefit to the child far outweighs our own pain and loss.
So we started the process and 10 months, 32 hours of classes, 40000 sheets of paperwork and a home study later we got our license!
And two weeks after that…
We got our first placement! He’s been in our home for nearly a month and we are already entirely in love with him. He’s only 9 months younger than Billy so we’ve got ourselves Irish Twins. Which can be a challenge! I can’t even tell you how fun it is, though. With two adorable babies around you all day it’s impossible not to be in a good mood. If one isn’t cracking you up or making your heart swell, surely the other one is. Which is why I might have been a little more absent around these parts, my sincerest apologies for that:)
Anyway, I thought I would do a Q&A post for any of the questions I can answer to hopefully help to spread the gospel of fostering or at the very least help people understand it better. So if you have any questions (i’m obviously a newb but I’m learning a lot!) please ask away!
p.s. I wish I could post a photo of him so you could all fall in love too, but that would definitely be an invasion of his and his parent’s privacy:)