Hosea 14:3 "in you the fatherless find compassion"

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Waiting...Inspections...and More waiting

I'm not sure how many people know that we are in the process of getting licensed for foster care. No, we aren't fostering children, but we are being considered for some legal risk sibling groups. "Legal risk" or "At-risk" means that the parents rights have not been terminated but the Judge ordered their permanency goals to be "adoption" instead of "reunification".
Today we had our health inspection! It was a quick wham bam satisfactory, see you next year kind of deal. He checked the air filters, the water temp, fridge/freezer temp, checks for leaks, checks the toilets, etc. He let D check the temp of the fridge. D liked that a lot. G was just content watching us back and forth around the house trying to knock out the inspection. The poor inspector got a lot of hello nose nudging from Dakota... she sure gave him a good welcome! Thanks girl! :-\
Tomorrow, we have our home inspection from the foster care licensing department. I'm excited to get all this over with so we can possibly be matched with any prospective "legal risk" placements that need a home like ours. We will not be taking in strictly foster care children. Only children that are expected to be up for adoption soon.
If there are any families considering adoption from foster care, I want to offer you some advice... BE PREPARED TO WAIT! We know it is all in God's timing... but you wait for EVERYTHING... you wait for responses to e-mails, calls, inquiries, staffings, meetings, fingerprinting, clearances, home studies, and if you can think of it, you have to wait for that too! But there is some amazing scripture to help you during these times of waiting.
Psalm 27:14: "Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord."
Psalm 33:20-22:  "We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
Isaiah 30:18: "Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!"
These are just some of the verses that I turn to during this long waiting period. It reassures me that God's timing is the best and only timing! During this journey it is sometimes very hard to remember that patience isn't only best for all involved but it is best, because it means you are waiting for what God has planned for us.
We have been waiting to hear about a specific sibling group. We thought we would hear about them for sure last week, and then when Friday evening came, we thought, well for sure next week, and now I received an e-mail that makes me believe when Friday rolls around I'll be saying, It has GOT to be next week! haha... Once again... the wait.... leaves us... well... waiting... haha
Hang on with us, and I hope you will rejoice with us when we finally hear good news, or bad news! xoxo

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