The reaction that I have received from the people around me have been positive for the most part. My family has always known that I want to do this and they were extra supportive....they even surprised me with how much they agreed that this was what I should be doing. Don't get me wrong, they have named their biggest concerns, mostly about the fear of my heart being broken having to say good bye to a child I have bonded with, but for the most part they have been cheering me on and asking excitedly about how my PRIDE training is going and what goes on in each class.
One person I know, asked me if I was aware of how much work this was going to be and told me that I can't return a child just because things get hard.....hmmmmm.....never knew that!?!?! This was probably the most negative I have heard from anyone.
My mamma and sisters are so excited and bless their hearts, they sit and listen to me babble on and on about the excitement I am feeling and they are always excited to see the new things I am making for the baby or buying for the baby (there is a WHOLE post on that lol).
This week I will be completing my PRIDE training as well as CPI training (I think that's what it's called...will find out Wednesday for sure). We have had some snow in this area, which we are not used to or prepared for and that caused class to be cancelled last week and we are due to get more snow tomorrow which will most likely cause class to be cancelled tomorrow night as well. I really like my instructor and have gotten really close to her and the other future foster parents. Out of the people that started, there is only a few people that have dropped the classes and we actually added four more people after the first nights orientation. We have three women who were foster parents in the past, two whom have adopted a few children in the past, all teenagers. There are people from all walks of life in there but I have learned that they are all very sweet and really passionate about becoming foster parents.
The application and paperwork needed to become a foster parent was a little bit overwhelming at first. I finished the application before starting the PRIDE classes and I was able to finish all the rest of my paperwork within the first week. I had to get a copy of my driving record, copy of my inspection for my car, auto insurance ID card, rental insurance, registration for my car, physicals for myself and each of the boys, and fingerprinting for me. When I saw that list, I became a little bit overwhelmed since I have school full time and I have classes at night, I didn't know how I was going to be able to get it all done. I went on a Wednesday when I didn't have class and got everything done for my car since I had to re register the car anyway and then I got my fingerprints done the same day. The following Friday I went to get a physical for the boys and I and was able to hand in my completed application when I got to class that night (first one in the class to finish and turn in my application).
Now I am just waiting for one of the ladies to call me to set up the home study...hopefully it will be this week but because of the snow tomorrow, it will probably be pushed back till next week. I spoke to my instructor tonight and asked her if any of the people that went through the PRIDE training last month were licensed yet and she said that there were actually some that had already gotten their license!!! That gives me some hope and I hope it goes smoothly for me as well and I can get the ball rolling and get this license soon.
How long did it take you to get your license?