Alright folks, we have finally decided what the heck we're doing, so here it is for you... We are going to go through the foster care system and foster-to-adopt. So yes, that does mean that we are becoming foster parents first. And yes, there's a good chance that some kids who come into our home will eventually return to their biological families. But one day there will be a child meant for us and that child will never have to leave our home.
Here's how we came to the decision of doing this: The hubs has always wanted to adopt. He even talked about when we were still just dating. So when it came time in our marriage that we knew that's the point we were at, he immediately wanted to do it through foster care. I, on the other hand, was terrified of that and flat out said "no", over and over again. So we tried to go through agency after agency, but nothing ever seemed to work out for some reason. We had finally settled on an agency that was looking good and had a phone interview set up with them for 5:00 pm on a Friday. I, however, woke up that morning with DHS/foster care on my brain like crazy. I just could not get it out of my head! It was the strangest thing. Then 5:15 pm rolled around and we still hadn't received a call from this private adoption agency. Then 5:30, 5:45, 6:00... Around 6:30 pm we finally decided that, for whatever reason, they weren't calling. And to my surprise, I felt extremely relieved that they didn't call us. That was the final sign I needed. I finally heard God speaking to me. He needs us to go through DHS to build our family, so that's exactly what we'll be doing.
We are working with a third party agency that will go through DHS for us. They will make all the calls necessary and will stay in continual contact with them, making sure everyone is staying on top of our paperwork. So that is REALLY nice to have. We meet with them for the first time on Monday, the 6th, at our house to start initial paperwork and they will also do a Home Safety Check at that time (yes, I will be cleaning my house like CRAZY this week!)
So, there you have it. The hubs and I are going to become foster parents with hopes that we will eventually be able to adopt one of those precious children that comes into our home. It will not be easy. I know this. But these children need love and stability in their lives, and who am I to say no to that just because they may not be with me forever? Please pray for us as we get started on this new journey. I will definitely keep you updated along the way!