For those of you reading this, you may be confused as I haven’t posted about our Foster Parenting journey in quite some time and I’ve gotten a lot of new followers recently. In a nutshell there is more to Crazy Jess than just good deals, makeup & weight loss surgery (WLS) plans for those of you that follow me on YouTube. For more info on our journey and our decision to start this process check out this post first.
Many of those whom are aware of our journey have asked us recently for an update and honestly this process has been a lot slower than we anticipated. We started the required 30 hours of training classes at the beginning of January and “graduated” class mid-February. It was then that we began the next steps to being licensed only these next steps were very very slow. In April we had our first home study, in early May we completed the background checks & required finger printing process as well as the next round of open-ended essay type questions, we then submitted our list of references and then we waited. And waited some more with no news, no correspondence, nothing. June rolled around and we emailed our Social Worker countless times only to receive no response. In July we called the office to find out she was no longer with the agency anymore and we were being assigned a new Social Worker. Since then, things have been more on the fast track although we had to re-do some of the things we had already done which is to be expected when a new person takes over your case. So although it was a much slower process than we initially were told, everything happens for a reason in the timeline in which it’s supposed to happen and we can finally see light at the end of the tunnel at this point which has reduced my anxiety greatly, that’s for sure.
So where we stand now…
Our full application is ready and is being reviewed by our Social Worker’s supervisor next week. Then it will be sent off for review/approval by the state. State review/approval process typically takes about a month. Essentially by mid-September we should be fully licensed and it seems so unreal. We have come so far along this journey (8 months) and it seems like it’s been a year already. We are eager with anticipation but also nervous yet excited at what life will become. It is likely that right after we are licensed we could get our first placement. That is so amazing yet scary at the same time. We are ready (for the most part) and have an almost stocked nursery ready for our future foster babies (0-2yr) and now we wait until we get the news we were approved. I wonder if the next 5 weeks will feel like an eternity. Here is a glimpse of the room we have put together:
We just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to those of you that have donated items such as toys, clothes, books, baby seats, etc. It means so much to us that we have your support on this journey. We want to say thank you for everyone whom is praying for us and giving us words of encouragement along the way. We appreciate and love you all very much and are happy you are going to be able to experience this journey with us as without your support this would be a much more difficult road.
Matt & Jess