Before actually going through the process, I had taken for granted that anyone pretty much normal could get a foster care license. After going through the hoops of attending a “mandatory” informational meeting and all the PRIDE training, we were denied a license for foster care!!! I was ticked! All the talk of a shortage of foster homes, yada yada.
Since we were licensed as an adoptive home only, we sat empty for months. No calls. Nothing. Nada.
In January of 2008, we had a quarterly visit from our caseworker. She said that the supervisor that opposed our license for foster care was no longer over that section, and that now there was no opposition for our home to be licensed for foster care.
We now had a dual-license as a foster and adoptive home!!!!
But still no calls…
Fortunately, I happen to work with a former foster parent. Not just any foster parent. A long-term foster parent. A foster parent that knows everyone in our area involved in foster care. The State agency staff. CASA workers. Foster families. This foster parent has even held leadership positions in a few of the area non-profit associations that benefit foster children.
One day at the office, this co-worker was wanting to small talk with me and asked how foster parenting was going. And I let loose!
Would you believe that a few days later this co-worker ran into our PRIDE trainer at Wal-Mart and let her know how ticked off we were?
Would you believe the very next week, on March 4, 2008, we received a call about the placement of an infant for foster care only?
Would you believe that we adopted this foster baby the next year?
Would you believe that God was smiling through all this knowing that He had a plan all along for our family?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11