See this book? That's 3 inches of stuff I'm going to learn in the next nine weeks. Daunting isn't it?
Our first class went very well with introductions all around the room. J and I are 1 of the 2 couples who are going into this fostering thing without any children of our own. There are a few families who are taking these classes in order to foster a family member. We also watched a video of a (perfect) foster family where there were two children in the home. One teenager and one child probably around 6 or 7 years old. At one point, the mom is telling the younger son that its time for dinner and he turns around and says he's not hungry, "bitch". I had my back turned to J, but I could feel his eyes get huge and bulge out of his head. Mom did exactly was she should have done and addressed the real issue at hand, not the fact that he called her a bitch. I can only hope I have that same level of patience. Ya'll start praying now, cause I'll need it!
I wasn't expecting a foster mom to be in on the training, but it was nice to hear the story of her family; they have 4 kids and are into the adoption phaze with 2 of them right now.
One thing that struck me was that we could possibly have a child/children for a long time and then they could go back to their birthparents. And, by long time, I mean at least a year. I didn't count on loosing children once they were placed with us. I mean, we're doing the foster/adopt thing, so that doesn't pertain to us, right? WRONG! There's a reason foster comes first in foster/adopt.