It's been three weeks now since we said yes to our future foster child. We read his profile exactly 3 weeks plus 1 day ago and learned a bit about his past. He's from Mali and has had a life filled with trauma and tragedy. I won't share any more details than that as it's not my story to share.
This waiting process, and not knowing when he will travel to the U.S., has been the hardest part for me. During our licensing process, there was always another paper to read, class to attend, or form to fill out. This gave me the illusion of movement towards our ultimate goal of getting licensed and becoming foster parents. Now that this milestone has come and gone, the waiting process feels long and daunting.
We've been doing what we can while we wait. We researched the history of Mali and looked up local foods and recipes. We searched for West African restaurants in our area and cultural activities. We researched national languages and downloaded translation apps.
At this point, we're tired of waiting and are very ready to meet him in person. Send your positive thoughts our way please- we're hoping that we get the news that he's traveling any day now!