The last step before we become foster parents is the home study. And it is on the schedule! I can’t believe it. It seems like the last few items on the to-do list have been checked off very rapidly over the past couple of weeks. I’m so overwhelmed, and yet so at peace all at the same time. I don’t know how that’s possible, but it is.
For those of you who don’t know, the home study is where a worker from our agency (Arrow) will come to our home and do a series of interviews. Today I found out it is about 7 hours worth of interviews! Cripes! She will interview me and Jeff together and then interview us separately. This will take a couple of days so she is coming this Saturday and then again next Monday. This makes the home inspections seem like a walk in the park.
Dear friends and family, please be praying for our hearts and minds, that we will be confident in our answers, honest, open, and that the case worker will like us! I can’t imagine what they could possibly ask us that takes 7 hours! I’m thankful that they are a thorough agency that wants the best for their children, but man am I nervous!
Once the home study is completed, they will decide if we should be licensed. After we are licensed, they can call us with a kid or 2! There is no way to know how long that will take. For some families, they get a call in a couple weeks. For others, it take a couple of months. There are many variables. The children placed in care have to meet our specified criteria. We said we would take children less than 5 years old and a sibling group of 2 if necessary. So, that has to line up. Also, they agency could call us with a child that does not quite meet our criteria and ask us if we will take them anyway. We, of course, have the option of saying “no” but I’m already scared of how hard that would be. We are trusting in the Lord’s perfect timing and perfect placement of the children who are supposed to be in our home. I know it sounds crazy, but I already love them. Whoever they are. I’m in love with them.