And I Thought Last Week Was Interesting

So little...
So little…

Yup.  That’s me.  Feeding a baby.  My foster baby.

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First Week as Foster Parents

So although we have been licensed as foster parents for a few weeks, we weren’t really considered for placements until after we meet with our caseworker (our RFC for those in know).

We met with her on Monday and it was quite a week.

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The rats! They keep coming! This picture has little to do with the actual post.

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Traditional Adoption vs Foster Care – The Kids

Craig is getting kicked in the face by Bruce Lee
Hard decisions can be like a kick to the face!

I am so very grateful for the love and support shown by friends and family in the comments when I shared my last post on Facebook.  Something that became clear to me however is that I left folks with the impression that we weren’t sure which option to choose.  While that is true we will have to make that decision, it isn’t going to be now.

 

We are choosing BOTH for now.  The hard decision is when once a child is going to be placed in our home.  And really it may turn out we don’t really have a choice in the matter.

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Traditional Adoption vs Foster Care – Cost

After five years of feeling like we had so little progress in traditional adoption, we decided pursue something we had always wanted to do after we had already started our family, i.e. become foster parents with the goal of adopting.

But now, seemingly out of the blue, we have been contacted by a birth mother.  Coincidentally, this happened right around the time we were finalizing our foster care licensing.   Will the adoption work out? We have no idea.  But the timing of all of this is leading to some very difficult decisions.  As a result of such, I thought it would be good to do a series of blog posts about some of the differences between traditional adoption and adoption through foster care.

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