We met the boys, we loved them, they loved us, they loved our home, everything seemed great - can they move in immediately? NO! This episode details the patience required to navigate the transition period of getting to know your children before they move in officially.
How do you introduce your new children to their new home? Listen to how we overanalyzed every aspect of the boys' first visit to our home. From the language we used to what dinner we served, we overthought everything... and it was one of the best days of our lives.
After a wonderful first time meeting the boys, it was time for our first unsupervised visit. This episode tells the tale of the emotions involved with our first time being able to parent our children at the park and at McDonalds.
Now that we met the boys, it was time to go buy car seats and clothes and to decorate their room. This may sound like an extraneous detail, but for us, it was a huge deal.
Episode 1 detailed the emotional experience of meeting our children for the first time. In Episode 6, we go more in-depth to address how to prepare for that first meeting and what the logistics are of meeting your children for the first time.
So, you received the call matching you with your children... what happens next? This episode details the first steps of our foster to adopt match including the meeting with our county adoption worker.
The phone rang and our lives changed forever. This episode details the bizarre time period of waiting to be matched with your children and what it is like to get the phone call that says you have been matched with your children. Spoiler alert: It is an amazing feeling!
Getting certified as a foster parent can be a daunting process - Matt joins the podcast for the first time to explain our foster training, home inspection and home study.
One of the most important decisions you will make in the process of adopting children from foster care is whether you should go directly through the county or a foster family agency. Listen to the reasons why we recommend going with a foster family agency.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
Foster Parenting Podcast
Raise A Child
The first episode! Meeting your children for the first time as a foster-to-adopt parent is a very unique experience that I previously had a hard time imagining. Here, I share the story of how we met our children and I establish why we decided to adopt from foster care.
Resources mentioned in episode:
The Foster Adoption Podcast is a resource for people who are interested in growing their family by adopting children from foster care.