Thursday, May 24, 2012

We're Active!

Got the email today that we have our license and are now on the active foster home list for CPS.  We will now await the infamous call.  For those that are interested, here's how it will play out...

CPS coordinates all foster care placements through their Centralized Placement Unit. They operate 24-7, as does our agency. We might get a call in the middle of the night, weekday or weekend.  Placement knows what openings our agency has, as they are required to list all available homes on on the DFPS "Extranet", a secure website. This database lists all of the foster homes currently accepting children at our agency and all the other foster care agencies. When Placement needs a home, they look at what is listed on the Extranet before contacting the foster care agency. If they need one of our agencies homes, they contact them and they contact us.  We have an hour to respond. If we accept the situation, then our profile gets sent to Placement for them to review along with other families they have chosen.  We are then notified if we are selected and the child's case manager will call to arrange time to bring the child to our home.

Quite the process, right?!  We are anxious, but ready.  Praying tonight for us to know the "right" situation for our family and that God equips us for this new chapter.  A lot of people have quoted a certain verse to me as we have struggled through this process, and I have always enjoyed it from The Message translation...

I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  Jeremiah 29:11
The future we hope for isn't easy and shallow, but challenging and meaningful.  It isn't temporary and insignificant, but beyond our perspective and eternal. 

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