Friend, if you haven’t already been welcomed to the Foster Care Space—Welcome! What an honor it is to be here with you. I am so thankful for your passion and desire to open your home and hearts to 1, 3, 10, or even 100+ kiddos that may walk through your doors. Your willingness is amazing!
I’m sure you’re researching, taking notes, organizing, and doing everything you can to prepare for children to soon walk into your life. Or maybe you’re past that stage, and you’ve been waiting…for months and months. I’ve been there friend, and it’s not an easy spot to be.
My advice for you during this time is to focus on God’s intentionality through EVERYTHING. God is in your preparation, and He is in your wait. He is in every step of children coming and going out of your home and beyond. Remember, He is intentional, and His plan is far greater than ours could ever be.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Whether you’re just starting to think about fostering, in the home study process, setting up your home, or in the wait—here are some great blog posts to encourage you on this journey. I know at this point in my foster care journey, I couldn’t gather enough information! My friend, this can be a lonely journey, but please never forget—you are not alone in this.
Home Study & Preparations
“I feel like I’ve heard horror stories about home studies.But now that I think about it, I don’t think I ever actually have. And our home study really wasn’t that bad. I mean, yes, there is a big huge long check-list, but everything is manageable. I did over-clean. I had our house so spotless I barely recognized it. I even organized all of our closets and had blankets perfectly folded on every bed.”
“The big difference between preparing to bring a baby home from the hospital and preparing for a foster placement is that you know what age and usually gender the baby is. With a foster placement you have no idea until they show at your doorstep. How do you prepare for that?”
“I wish I would have known how hard the first week is before starting this crazy business. Not that it would have deterred me from doing foster care, but it certainly would’ve prepared me better. So if you are new at this: LISTEN UP: Here’s your prep!”
In the Wait
“The world will think you’re brave. There’s a misconception that it takes a strong, extra-special type of person to foster. You’ll know that you’re (still) just regular but they will think that you’re extra strong and brave. “I could never do that”. It’s your job to be authentic. Tell them that nothing changed, except yes and yes changed everything.”
“I know this truth now, that this journey takes patience, lots and lots of patience. But then, when I was just learning to wait, everything inside of me buckled against these words. Once I had foster care on the brain, it wasn’t going anywhere. I couldn’t sit still, knowing there were kids who needed a home, and that our home could be the one for them.”
“The nursery is set up, the diaper bag is packed, the clothes are washed, the car seat is installed … and here I wait. It’s a funny thing, waiting. What happens in the waiting reveals a lot about the state of our heart.”
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