Our license arrived in the mail yesterday! And do you know what’s crazy about that? When we got the phone call to inform us of the licensing, they said the document should arrive in two weeks. Yesterday was exactly two weeks from that call. A deadline met!
Now would it be too much to ask for a call today with the perfect placement? Pretty please?
We just got our first placement call. And I turned it down.
4yr old twins. Despite having some serious issues, we were considering taking the placement. However they currently attend daycare in a town 30+ minutes away (even further from where we work) and the sw didnt want to remove them; it’s the one positive thing in their life and they want to keep them there if at all possible. The distance would just be too much every day, and A has a fairly firm under 3 rule, but I did tell her to call back if they couldnt find anyone else. Ultimately, though, these children don’t need stressed-out-driving-too-much foster parents. Saying no was the best thing for us, and them.
I was nearly in tears talking to the matcher (especially after hearing their story) and felt terrible about saying no, but she was really sweet and assured me that she’d be calling again shortly.
With butterflies in my stomach, flushed cheeks, and sweaty palms, I am excited to announce that we are officially licensed foster parents!!!
At 8:30 this morning I saw D.CF’s number pop up on my caller ID. I frantically squeaked out a “Hello?” and was greeted with “Congratulations Mrs. S, I’m calling to let you know that you are a licensed foster parent! You can expect calls for placement to start rolling in any day now!”
If I wasn’t at work with nosey coworkers within earshot I would have squealed like a school girl and kissed the phone. Somehow I managed to finish the phone call with composure before running to the closest conference room where I could call Andrea while jumping up and down. And during that call I did kiss the phone : )
When I returned to my desk, I found an email from our SW congratulating us. It was such a sweet email, it really warmed my heart. That is, until I got to the last line:
“And I wouldn’t be surprised if you were called today (hahaha). “
That made my heart stop. Holy crap. Today?! I have got to learn how to install those car seats ASAP!
On Friday we found a letter in our mail box from CA.FAP. Remember them? They work with the state as a support agency for fo.ster and ado.ptive parents. The letter stated that as newly licensed foster parents, we had been paired with a mentor to help us through the first six months of fostering. Her name and number is XXX and her bio is blah blah blah.
Wha?? Back up the train for a minute… “newly licensed foster parents”? Since when?!
Apparently they know something we don’t, but at this point we’ll take any progress no matter how cryptic. And now i’m considering going home on my lunch break to check the mail… 🙂