Last night Eric and I started our training for the foster to adopt program. It was extensive to say the least. Class was 3 hours long with one 5 minute break. The picture above is of our workbook and homework manual for the class. A lot of what was discussed about child welfare was so incredibly sad. To hear about the abuse of children puts a horrible feeling inside. It really confirmed to both Eric and I that we want to work with infants. Some situations we don't feel like we would be equipped for and we certainly have to put our boys first as to what we would bring into our home. From what I understand once we complete this training (9 weeks total) and have all our background checks, paperwork, physicals and home visits done then we can be approved for placement. I have heard from other foster to adopt parents in other states that if the need is great then you may be able to get a placement before training is over but the class did not make it seem that way so we will see.
There was one family there who currently have 4 foster children and are trying to adopt a 1 year old they have had since birth. From what I understand the whole adoption process can be a 14 month or longer process. I could be wrong but that is what I understood last night. We were told we would address timeframes later in the class. I guess that would make it par for the course. Nothing about our journey to find our daughter has been easy, but at least we are moving forward. Still my biggest concern is attaching to a child that would not permanently become a part of our family. I just continue to ask for your precious prayer support as we walk this path.