After 10 months of foster family licensing requirements, we are finally done. David and I are officially licensed foster parents in the state of Washington!
In October of 2015 we began seriously considering if we were ready to become foster parents and in May of 2016 began to take the steps necessary to begin the process. Fast forward 10 months later and we are finally at the finish line. It is a huge reward and relief to be done with the paperwork, documentation, and home visits (read about more of the process here). Yet, it also brings on a whole new wave of excitement and uncertainty. Due to the political climate of travel bans and executive orders, our paperwork was rushed through the state process and we received our license at record speed; our license was processed in a few days rather than in a few weeks. Which brings to light the question that crosses my mind multiple times each day- will our child get here before another travel ban is signed?
At last week's foster parent support group, the uncertainty of international foster parenting is palpable in the room. There are questions about travel, funding, and safety of the kids. In this group of like minded parents, emotions are raw and real. For us, still awaiting our child's arrival, the most prominent feeling is of urgency. Can they get our child to us safely and quickly enough?
While this question certainly lingers, I'm taking a moment to celebrate our achievement in officially becoming foster parents. We've persevered through the paperwork and requirements to finally get to this point, and that in itself is worthy of celebration. Cheers!