Hello friends & fam!
We are glad to say we have started our foster care training and are on track to finish it by the end of the year. Also, we have gotten a lot closer to being ready for our home study. We got the van (see a few posts back)! We purchased bunk beds and mattresses and some sweet church friends gave us a crib, crib mattress, crib bedding, a changing table, and another church friend gave us a dresser. Some lady at a garage sale who learned we were doing foster/adopt gave me 3 non-expired car seats for free. What?! I love you people!
A reminder if you have not seen past updates: We are planning to accept sibling sets of 2 or 3 because there are not many foster families that have to capacity for siblings. There is a great need because when kids have already been separated from their parents, they really need to to stay with their siblings. To answer the questions I most often get: Yes, this will be overwhelming. Yes, we will get attached to them- they need someone to attach to them. And to answer the thought in your head: Yes, we will be a walking circus at times : )
Many of our friends have asked what we still need and the main thing we are gathering right now is a few outfits for each age that we plan to accept. We don’t want to gather full wardrobes but we do need to show that for each size child that we will be licensed for we could clothe them and have the basics they need for when a placement begins.
Thank you to those of you who have asked and here are specific sizes of gently used clothes we are gathering:
***Updated: I have done a crossthrough or changed the # on ones that people have let me know they can provide!
0-3 months – 2 full outfits, 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs of socks 9 months- 2 outfits, 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs on non-slip socks 12 months- 3 outfits, 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs of non-slip socks, 1 pairs of shoes 18 months- 3 outfits, 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs of non-slip socks, 2 pairs of shoes 24 months- 2 outfits and 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs of non-slip socks, 2 pairs of shoes
0-3 months- 2 outfits, a few pairs of socks 6 months- 1 outfit, 1 set of PJ’s, a few pairs of socks
9 months- 2 outfits and
1 set of PJ’s, 1 pair of shoes
12 months- 2 outfits and
1 set of PJ’s, 1 pair of shoes 24 months- 1 outfit
Peg Puzzles (2-3), Dress ups geared towards boys (ex: fireman)- we have lots of girl dress ups; Shape sorter, construction or dump truck, a doctor play set
Other: waterproof pads for under sheets,
hooded bath towels (2)
We are purchasing a few items each week to get ready. Those items have been added to our Target Foster registry HERE: http://www.target.com/gift-registry/registry/MDp1LzvzlNRmt710dy9NJw?ref=registryCopiedLink
Whew! What a blessing you all continue to be! I never knew how much “stuff” would be required but when you do not know what ages you will be placed with, you need a little of everything! Again, thank you to those who have asked.
Here’s a little Halloween picture update from our fam:
Trick or Treating with neighbors : )
Koko (not her real name) walked up to many houses and shouted “Im a mingo!” (flamingo : ) instead of “trick-or-treat”!
Thank you for stopping by the blog!