Hello, all! Welcome back for another blog post. I know it’s been a while, but if you follow me on social media, you’ll understand why….
WE GOT OUR FIRST FOSTER PLACEMENT!
So, I wanted to dive in and tell you about our first call, how and when it happened, how we felt, and where we are now.
You all know that we became licensed foster parents last month (June). We were told it may take a few weeks into June to get our license, so both Preston and I were staying busy with work, hobbies, etc.
I had actually texted our case worker and asked her how long she thought it would take us to get a placement call once we were licensed, mostly out of curiosity and excitement, but also because I’m taking a few trips this summer for my side gig. I was told that it would probably take months to receive a call that would fit into our age range (we agreed on newborn – 6 years old and would be willing to take sibling groups).
On Saturday, June 27th I was supposed to be working all day, but I got off early because I wasn’t needed at the hospital. I came home and took a shower, and I was getting ready when Preston came in with a large envelope from Linn County. We opened it together to find our foster license and all of the paperwork we had worked so hard for! We had arranged to get pictures done by one of our friends (featured above), so we decided to celebrate getting our license with some fun photos!
On Wednesday, July 1st, we were in bed asleep when my phone rang. Normally I don’t hear my phone, let alone answer it, but I was startled awake. I read our case worker’s name and my heart started RACING. I woke Preston up as fast as I could, answered the phone, and put our case worker on speaker.
She told me she had a 4-year old boy that needed a foster home. We asked her specific questions, and she told us what she knew (a lot of times they don’t have a lot of information to give, so we got what we could). At that point, Preston and I agreed that we would love to welcome our home to this little boy. On Thursday July 2nd, we became a family of 3 (10 if you count the animals..) and it has been an amazing experience so far.
We are enjoying being positive role models for EJ (his nickname I will use when discussing him) and I can’t wait to share more! Be sure to follow me on social media @chronicallycaringketo_mom (Instagram) or Chronically Caring Blog on Facebook! Also, send me ideas or questions for future posts!