And no, I’m not pregnant.
In February, Michael and I started the process of becoming licensed foster parents. What does this mean? Well, we are currently taking classes, submitting paperwork, having our home inspected, and basically being poked and prodded in every way possible to make sure that we are capable of caring for foster kids.
We’ve already received a lot of questions, so let’s set the record straight—
Yes, as far as we know, I am capable of bearing children.
Yes, we do want to have biological children one day.
No, we aren’t looking for a paycheck.
No, we aren’t looking for a “free” adoption.
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s take a look at the foster system…
On any given day, there are over 437,000 children in foster care in the US. This number continues to rise as more and more adults fall victim to the opioid crisis. Now, more than ever, we need responsible adults to step up and take care of these kiddos. If we don’t have homes for these kids to go to, they get thrown into group homes. Removing children from their own family is traumatizing enough, and not being placed with another family adds an additional level of trauma to the experience (can you imagine feeling like no family wanted you?).
We have a home, we have extra bedrooms, and we have lots of love to give. There’s no reason that we wouldn’t step up and care for these kids! (Now, that’s not to say that foster care is for everyone). So, we’re doing this. We’ve slowly been preparing our hearts and our home for our future foster kid(s).
This isn’t going to be easy. We will grow attached to these kids, knowing darn well that they could be taken away from us at any given moment. But, we can do this.
A friend of mine said that we should start a blog to document this journey, and to educate those who may know nothing about the system. So, that’s what I am going to do. And please, if you have any questions or any interest, Michael and I would be more than happy to help. These kids need loving homes more than anything!