One of my 2018 goals were to complete our therapeutic foster parent training. Becoming a foster parent had always been just a thought. Chief and I would talk often about either adopting or fostering. But we made so many excuses to not invest in either: our house isn’t big enough, we already have too many children to care for, we have too much going on, not enough money, etc. Just excuse after excuse. But also understanding that fostering is a commitment, for the sake of the child’s and our family well-being. In contrary of what individuals believe, you are actually providing and caring for a child as though they are your own. I’m sure many have heard and read awful things about foster parents behaviors towards their foster child.
Because I have worked with at-risk adolescents for quite a few years, I felt a need to do something. I provided community services in the city, but also in rural areas. Therefore, there aren’t too many things that will surprise me in this field (sadly). Not to mention, the constant reminder of my unfortunate childhood. Needless to say, late last year I began researching therapeutic foster care. Chief was on board, as he always is. Of course, he had a lot of questions, mainly with safety due to the specific age I want to foster. I can’t be more blessed to have such a wonderful partner who truly supports my dreams and goals. His ultimate concern when hearing or reading about risky behaviors is the safety and well-being of his family.
All of that to say, I received my Christmas gift a few days early. We completed all of the training requirements to become a therapeutic foster parent. Now, we are working on our home-study to become fully licensed. I’ve learned that we don’t need a lot of monetary things to care for another child. We have exactly what we need, but have an abundance of love throughout our home to share with many. Let me tell you, our girls’ were ecstatic to learn about our interest in fostering. For some reason, they feel as though they need yet another sibling, lol.
I am thankful to be chosen for this task. From experience working with foster parents/families, I know this journey will not be easy. There are so many children that are in need of safe and loving homes. Someone to help them navigate this thing called life. I am beyond excited about our new journey! We are looking forward to sharing the entire process with you all.
The pictures in this blog includes one of my training manuals and a gift provided by my trainer. Not sure how this story will unfold, but we know who’s writing it. If you are a foster parent, let me know how your journey went. Or if you have anything to share, I am open to that as well.
Let all that you do be done in love. 1 Corinthians 16:14
You can learn more about my purpose here From Prison to Purpose