Fostering & Adoption Blog
We have decided as a family to investigate the possibility of 'Fostering to adopt' a baby girl. We are all very settled and with Matthew now in school, it is an ideal time (more for Catherine) to try fostering before looking at permanent adoption.
This page will be updated with our progress through the Fostering and adoption process.
December 12th - Yearly inspection and 3 hours of training
Our case worker - Andrea - came round to inspect the property and kindly provided us with 3 hours training. We need to complete another 3 hours of training online before the end of the year.
November 25th - License renewal
Each year you must renew your fostering license which includes having another inspection and completing 6 hours of training throughout the year.
September 1st - License transferred
Our license has now been transferred to the new agency CPES. Now waiting for a foster placement....
August 11th - Change agency
After trying multiple times to contact our agency, we have decided to change agencies to CPES (http://www.cpes.com). Our case Worker Andrea visited us today for the initial paperwork.
July 30th, 2008 - Chasing agency
After being on temporary hold for a few months, we are asking the agency to put as back on the waiting list for fostering.
March, 2008 - Temporary hold
Due to some personal commitments we have put a temporary hold on fostering.
February 20th, 2008 - Change of Case worker
After not hearing anything for nearly 3 months, the agency have made some changes and we have been assigned a new case worker. Her and her Manager visited us for an informal follow up today.
December 10th, 2007 - WE ARE REGISTERED!
We received letters from both the office of Licensing and the Agency confirming we are now licensed as of 12/10/2007 for 1 Year.
November 9th, 2007 - Letter from Office of Licensing
We received an E-mail from the office of Licensing (Phoenix Government) stating that they had received our application!
October 8th, 2007 - Case Worker Visit 3
This should be the final session for questions with the Case Worker. We completed all the questions and had the corrected Inspection issues verified. All should now be done, we are expecting our license in 2-4 weeks.
September 25th, 2007 - Inspection
The Inspection went well, only a few minor issues to resolve which the case worker can follow up on. These were:
September 18th, 2007 - Inspection scheduled
We got a call today for our inspection of our Home, scheduled for September 25th.
September 14th, 2007 - Training Day 6 & 7 catch up
Finally we managed to schedule in a final 1 on 1 session with our training the complete sessions 6 & 7. These sessions were on helping children with their connections and helping children with leaving their fostering care. As it was a dedicated session, we managed to complete this quite quickly. We have now finished the required 30 hours of training.
September 13th, 2007 - Case Worker Visit 2
Our case worker visited us at home to go through more questions, chase up on any missing paperwork, and prepare us for the inspection. Looks like we are about 80% complete with the paperwork. Hopefully the final training scheduled for tomorrow will not be changed!
August 25th, 2007 - Training Day 10 - Graduation!
The last training session! We all got our Certificates for completing the training today (however ours is not valid until we complete sessions 7 & 8). It was an easy session, structured around everyone talking about their experience throughout the training, their decision on Fostering or Adoption and what changed in your decision from the first day to the last day. All 13 of us turned up today and it was very social, and everyone brought food!
August 18th, 2007 - Training Day 9
2nd to last session! This session was on communication and Teamwork when fostering or adopting. Verbal, Paraverbal and NonVerbal were all discussed and there was a video on showing communication and teamwork between Fostering parents / biological parents / Case Worker which we had to comment on afterwards.
August 11th, 2007 - Training Day 8
Due to our Holiday, we missed Training days 6 & 7, so we cannot miss another one, or we have to start the training again. This week was about was about Understanding the Impact of Fostering or Adopting. We didn't feel this session was very valuable, nothing was said which we had already known. The class was very easy and we actually finished early. Only 11 people of the 15 turned up today, one of the missing couples has now missed 3 sessions, so we are down to a total of 13.
Homework was completing our family map which shows where we spend most of our time and what we put into and get out of various aspects of our lives.
August 7th, 2007 - Fingerprinting continued....
Trevor's Fingerprint Card arrived today - another process complete!
August 4th, 2007 - Training Day 7
Missed due to Holiday!
July 28th, 2007 - Training Day 6
Missed due to Holiday!
July 21st, 2007 - Training Day 5
A Full house today! All 15 turned up and the training was on behaviors and how you can deal with behavioral problems. No Snack today as it was the couple who have rescheduled turn to provide the food!
July 16th, 2007 - Fingerprinting
Today we went all the way downtown to get Trevor's fingerprints done! Quite a challenge getting to the place due to all the light rail work going on. Catherine already had her fingerprints done when working at the YMCA, so only Trevor's required.
July 14th, 2007 - Training Day 4
This was the 4th Day of Training. We had to bring the 'snacks' so we took along some muffins which were gratefully devoured! Two couples didn't turn up today, which means one of those couples have now missed three sessions, so must start again on a different training course. There were a total of 13 and a couple that was making up a missed training course. This session was more about how the birth parents of an adoptive child feel, and how the child feels moving from what they know to something new (fostering or adoptive home). Easy Session for us, but for others this had a more deeper effect, much like us on Day 3.
We have finished most of the paperwork and handed it in. Still need to get fingerprints done and CPR/First Aid Training completed.
July 7th, 2007 - Training Day 3
Day 3 of the training had quite a few missing! Only 10 out of 17 turned up today. There was a guest speaker and we covered learning about being Loss and Attachment experts. This was a particularly sensitive class as we have more than our fair share of experience in this area!
The trainer (Angela) gave each family a build-a-bear as a small gift, and we were selected for a surprise gift of 2 tickets to the Phoenix Art Museum.
Today was an emotional class, but not too difficult. Some more homework is required, and we have to continue the paperwork.
July 3rd, 2007 - Doctors appointments for all of us
Part of the paperwork involves getting letters from your doctor confirming you are fit enough to foster or adopt. You also need to get letters for EVERYONE in the house including the Kids!
Matthew and Sam both had their checks and that unexpectedly resulted in a whole load of additional tests required for Matthew! Quite a shock, but not too worried about it. Just more work to do on top of this process.
June 30th, 2007 - Training Day 2
Day 2 of the Training. More intense this week, one couple did not turn up, but we think this was scheduled, so it looks like we still have a full class. Although there was a lot of material to cover, the session was very interactive and we got to know everyone within the class. Everything went well and we were given homework to do! Some pressure was put on us to keep on top of the paperwork. This process clearly needs more commitment than the 3 hour training each week (as we thought it would).
On with round 2 of the paperwork
June 23rd, 2007 - Training Day 1
Day 1 of the Training. More a meeting session and overview of the training ahead. All the information and Paperwork (and Paperwork, and Paperwork, and more paperwork) was given to us. The amount of paperwork is quite overwhelming, but they break it down so that you only have to complete certain pieces each week.
There is a great mix of people in the training wanting to foster or adopt, all had different reasons and motivations for being there.
There was nothing to put us off going through the training and process, and it looks like the schedule will work very well for us.
On with round 1 of the paperwork!........
May 2007 Selecting and Agency
The orientation session recommended that you check at least 3 agencies before deciding on which one to work with. The Agency is who will provide your training, support and sponsor you for child selection when it comes to a foster/adoptive child being placed.
We were reasonably limited to the agencies we could choose based on our fostering/adoption criteria and physical location. Training days were also a big consideration due to 'sitters' for the kids. Catherine called several agencies, and based just on the responses (or lack of) we went to see the West Valley Child Crisis Center and we felt very comfortable with them so selected them as our agency.
The agency approved us for training which is 3 hours every Saturday for 10 weeks.
May 5th, 2007 Fostering and Adoption Orientation
If you are interested in Fostering and Adoption, The first stage was to attend a 2 hour Orientation session, which provides you with the basic information about fostering and adoption. It is intended to give you an initial look at what the process is and set your expectation. A list of agencies are provided which you must select one to continue the process and 10 week training. Nothing we heard in this session was unexpected. For more information visit www.azkidsneedu.gov
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