We have been contacted by our foster care licensing specialists and completed our mounds of paperwork required to transition into fostering.
We have an added household member who now needs to get fingerprinted, etc… in preparation for children coming into the home.
We have completed our household preparation checklist, which includes safeguarding medications, adult beverages, weapons, or anything else needed to be out of the reach of kiddos. We have put locks on cabinets and outlet covers are in place. We have created and posted our emergency evacuation plan.
It is really ironic how much you do to become a foster or adoptive parent, beyond what people do who have children naturally. I can’t imagine any of our parents or friends creating a emergency evacuation plan and posting it in the house. I understand the purpose for great need for safety and the trust that will be put in us caring for others children if and when we are approved as foster parents.
Now we are waiting our the state inspection of our home, which will include checking for all of the safeguarding, checking our water temperature, making sure there are no hazards and we have indeed appropriately prepared our home for children.
Our new foster licensing specialist will be coming to the house to inspect and meet us as well as all our communication so far has been via phone or email.
Not sure how long the process will take with the holidays approaching. Hoping everything goes smoothly.