Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Update on Foster/Adoption Process

on June 8, 2014

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We have been working hard at the McCafferty casa to prepare for the home study that will determine whether we are qualified for foster/adoption certification. Just to give you an update on the process, we have completed the nine-week “Pride” course, which was over 27 hours of instruction on everything related to foster care and adoption. We made some great friends in the class and learned so much about the process, the potential issues, how to care of traumatized children, how to relate to them, etc.

There is much more to the process than one might first realize, including taking the kids for parent visits sometimes up to three times a week for two or more hours at a time, the filing of their important medical information at every doctor’s visit, the specific details of the court process, and more. At the end of the course, we are ever-more determined that this is something we can and desire to do. We are willing to put the work in and willing to put our own hearts on the line to love these children who need it so badly. We will do whatever we have to do be ready for them.

We have also completed a DEI (drug exposed infant) class to learn how to care for children who have been exposed to drugs and alcohol in the womb. Now we are scheduled to complete a CPR class on June 21st, and that will be the last class on our list for foster certification. We will also need to go to an adoptions orientation once this part of the process is completed. We have done our livescan fingerprints, and soon we will be filling out a pile of forms to hand in with our formal application. Here’s where it gets hard!

Once we hand in our official application, we have 140 days to get licensed. If it doesn’t happen in that time, the county is obligated to throw out our application and start again. The problem is, we wouldn’t be able to apply again for two years. So, we need to be pretty confident that our home will pass inspection before we hand in the application. As many of you know, we live in an old house (like built in 1907 old). There has been a lot of work done on it and it’s in good shape. We do have some more work that needs to be done (several smallish jobs) and also some items to purchase to be ready. We have been blessed by a few men who have stepped forward to help with the more complicated construction work.

Below I’ll share a list of the things we need to do/buy before app day. While they are mostly small expenditures, they do add up. If you feel called to help in any way, we definitely are open to receiving as we trust the Lord to provide for these needs. If you have something on the list that you are willing to give, let me know. We already been gifted many items for our future kiddos. Also, if you are interested in donating monetarily to help with the purchase of items, we have an online fund set up at GoFundMe. Just click there to go to the site.

Thanks so much for your prayers, encouragement and support! We are so excited for what the Lord is going to do. Many nights I lay in bed and just think about the children out there who need stability, safety and love. My heart is so willing and ready. We are leaving the rest to the Lord. They are His children whom He loves.

Items Needed:

Daybed/twin bed

Window A/C for back bedroom

Glass window replace in kitchen

A/C repair in Chels’ car

Fire Extinguisher

Complete First Aid Kit

Bathtub

Tot locks

Donate Monetarily

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphansand widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

 

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