Adoption and Foster care has been on my heart for as long as I can remember. Really, since I was a little girl. I have a love and desire to help those in need; people, children, animals. Truthfully, the further we go down this road the scarier it gets. I cannot even tell you how many blogs I’ve read, of those walking this path. How many Instagram(which surprisingly has such a huge community of families in this) accounts I’ve followed (or stalked LOL)how many websites I’ve dug through and dissected every single word.
This process, getting started is lengthy and scary. And we’re getting ready to test out these waters.. There is so much information and so man horror stories. I’m both excited and terrified to see where this goes.
Y’all I started this entry in June, over 200 days ago. So obviously we’re still “test the water” so to speak. But! Today, today we had orientation for foster care. I’ve been waiting for this day for over a month – when we finally decided to set a date to check it out. It was eye opening for sure. There were a lot of things that I knew but much more that I did not. For instance, approximately 18,000 children are “in care” in the state of Arizona. 18,000. FORTY percent – that’s 40% – of that 18,000 are in shelters, group homes or sleeping in the DES offices because there are no foster homes available to take them. That is crazy to me. Babies. Babies sleeping in shelters or offices because there is literally no where for them to go. That breaks my heart and calls me into action.
Another mind blowing fact… The ladies spent a good amount of time talking about adoption and how it’s meant to be permenant.. as in.. you adopt a child and should consider that child a part of your family p-e-r-m-a-n-e-n-t-l-y. Because apparently it is common enough practice to “return” children that you have adopted back to the state if you decide after that it isn’t working out. (insert shocked face here)
We are in the process of choosing our agency and once that is done we will begin training, background check, home study etc. Which could all take anywhere from 3-9months. 2016 is going to be huge. Prayers are welcome.
Here we go.