national foster care month

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May is National Foster Care Month. I find this significant (in a way that it's probably not) because we will be licensed in the month of May. Maybe we'll even get our first placement in May - at least it will be easy to remember this way. We've been done with the home study for quite awhile; it just takes time for the case worker to get everything entered in the computer and for the state to license us. I'm praying for this week. It will likely not be before next week though.

There was a great message on Focus on the Family's radio broadcast last week about Caring For America's Orphans. I highly recommend it. I hope that's not the last that we hear about foster care from Christian culture sources this month. I also read a challenging message about caring for orphans last week - I think I may try to post some of it later.

Lately, Wendell and I have been praying and discussing what being so close to the finish line of certification means for us and our family. One of the things that it means is that we are not truly prepared for any age of child. A lot of our things for Maggie were borrowed - some of them by us and some of them we loaned out/gave away. Plus it's been four years, and storage has not been kind to all of our belongings. We finally have an appropriate crib though. As long as there's a bed and a bottle, we should be good for a baby for at least one night.

The other thing that has been very sobering for me is that we've realized that whatever is happening to our children is probably happening right now. I need to be vigilant in prayer for protection for our not-yet-here children and preparation for our current family. If you have any inclination, I request your prayers for our family and our children as well.

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