Posted by: Jeannie | March 30, 2009

The Waiting Game

Today makes exactly four weeks since I finished up the PRIDE pre-training service and four weeks that I’ve been waiting for a phone call to come any day to let me know when the first at-home interview will be taking place.  I’ll admit I’m feeling a little impatient right now.  I keep reminding myself about what we were told about anyone with a court date automatically being placed ahead of us and how 90% or so of the group seemed to have court dates for children who are relatives and so I’ve refrained from pestering the home-finders for my county.  But it’s hard and the last four weeks have felt so long for me.  I have decided that if I still haven’t heard anything by a week from now, I’m going to call and just try to see how things are moving along and if they can give me any kind of an estimate on time.  Another friend of mine reminded me that the squeaky wheel gets the grease; I just prefer to be squeaky in moderation though 🙂

In the meantime, I’m pre-registered to begin my first in-service level two training class on April 6th.  The only way it won’t be happening is if less than three people pre-register for it.  So far, I haven’t been notified of that, so that’s the next step for now.  The class is titled Using Discipline to Protect, Nurture, and Meet Developmental Needs.  It seems like an excellent choice to start out with, especially since we won’t be allowed to use any form of physical punishment for misbehavior and that was the only way I was taught growing up.  It’ll also get me started on meeting the yearly requirements of an additional minimum of 12 hours of in-service that all foster parents have to have to remain certified until they’ve either finalized the adoption or, if not foster-to-adopt, simply decide to stop fostering.  I’m hoping it’ll also help me in feeling like I’m still moving forward rather than sitting still.

Stormy and Little Bit (my cats) were both vaccinated last week and will now pass the home study with flying colors!  Three of the five references have been turned in and my landlord is providing the fire escape ladder that’s required for my second floor apartment.  All the other requirements, and plenty of extra goodies, have been either purchased, given as gifts, or donated to me.  Beckley Freecycle has been awesome for me on this!

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