In the beginning of 2016, we began to think seriously about becoming foster parents. As we researched more about it, we learned that we were not eligible to be licensed through the local organization that supports the international foster care program. Why? Because we were living together and not married. As we read more about this program, as well as domestic foster care, we felt compelled to be a part of it. With both of us having lived and worked internationally, this program aligns with our support of refugee resettlement in the US and interest in learning from, and about, cultures different than our own.
While David and I have known each other since middle school and have been together for over a decade, we had not planned on getting married. We figured our commitment to partnership and to each other signified just as much as a marriage certificate. The international foster care program changed all of this for us. Were we willing to get married and become eligible for this program?
We do not take marriage lightly- we talked it over with our families, visited a marriage family therapist, and came to the conclusion that growing our family by becoming foster parents through the international foster care program was definitely something we wanted to do. And so we eloped-more to come on this soon! In the short time since we got married, I do a feel a stronger commitment to growing our family, not just with more dogs as we've done in the past, but with our soon to be foster child.