Archive for June, 2007

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by catharine on 25-04-2007

Yes, it’s true.  We’ve completed the requisite 9 hours of PRIDE training and are now completely trained parents ready for any and all parenting challenges.  I had the chance to practice my newly honed parenting skills with my nephew yesterday during a nuclear lunch/nap time melt down–we were both in one piece at the end of it, so I consider myself a success.  We’ll humbly offer our sage parenting advice to any of you who need it ;).  We’ve also completed the Adoption: Fantasy, Fallacy and Fact course, as well as CPR and First Aid, so we’re well on our way toward completing the application process.  Now we just need to prove that we graduated from high school : ) and don’t have TB.  Should be easy enough.

This weekend we will fire-proof our home; I plan to include some photos of our safety overhaul.  We need to install three new fire/smoke detectors, plug covers, safety latches, and secure all our chemicals and combustables in a storage cabinet.  We’re also working on our disaster plan and emergency readiness.  Check out this family disaster plan by the Red Cross.  In light of the impending hurricane season, here near the gulf coast, it would be wise for us to be prepared as little likelihood as there is in our town for a hurricane–you never know.

Friends and family are starting to receive their recommendation forms, which is exciting.  Over the next several weeks we will decide which type of adoption we’ll do: foster-to-adopt, legal risk placement, or straight adoption.  There are pros and cons to each that basically have to do with the level of emotional risk we’re willing to take (because they could be reunited with their parents or adopted by family members) and the age and special needs of the children we think will be the best fit in our family.  Of course, the two are inversely proportional: the younger the children, the greater the risk, and vice versa.  So, we’re praying with confidence that the Lord knows what He has in store for us and that it will be good.  It’s a very exciting time, and also a little stressful and overwhelming, but such is life.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by catharine on 25-04-2007

We have begun the training process. The first orientation was uneventful, as we expected, but it does feel good to be doing something. I’m chomping at the bit to check off every box of every requirement, and Cliff is trying to hold me back to keep a sustainable pace. We have submitted as much of our application as we can; check out our to-do list. We are now in a bit of a holding pattern as we take classes and wait for our home health inspection, home fire inspection, and the CPR and First Aid courses to begin. Needless to say, I have contacted all parties involved so we know what will be required, and have a long list of smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and safety latches to purchase.

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Cliff on 25-04-2007

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has launched a new campaign called “Why not me?”

“Some 4,000 abused and neglected children in Texas are awaiting adoption, almost half of them are older than 9. The older the child, the longer they wait for adoption, and each day they ask themselves, ‘Why not me? Why can’t I have a family?’

“Now DFPS is asking Texans, ‘Why not you? Why not adopt an older child?'”

You can check out more information about this campaign here, and more information about children in Foster Care around our country here, and here.