Today Simon and I went to the post office and mailed a large envelope to the licensing worker at our foster care agency. It contained the official foster care licensing application that goes to the state of Michigan, the paperwork we got from our fingerprinting appointment, a financial worksheet (our income and expenses), medical forms for all four of us, a certificate of good health and vaccination for our cat, a reference from Don’s employer, a release form for our prior foster care agency to be able to share information with our new agency, and my certificate of completion of first aid training.
This stack of paperwork gets our file opened in Lansing, but we still have a few licensing requirements to meet. The biggest is the training requirement. I’m almost done with mine, but Don hasn’t even started. He’s been working hard for the past several months on a project that’s due three days from now, so I’m not bugging him about doing the training until after that’s done. We also have to have the old well on our property filled in and registered as abandoned with the state, along with a few minor things done to our current well (new well cap, installation of a pressure gauge and pressure relief valve). We have a quote for the work but haven’t scheduled it yet; Don wants to talk with them (I got the quote) and he can’t deal with it until next week. Finally, out of our control, the agency has to finish our homestudy, and I don’t know how long that will take.
We are asking to be licensed for up to two children, but we don’t want two unrelated children, so if we have a single child placed with us, we’ll stick with just one until he/she leaves. If we have two siblings placed with us, they’ll have to be the same sex since they’ll be sharing a room; I don’t plan to have Peter or Simon share their rooms. I originally was thinking of 5 as a minimum age was so that any kids placed with us would be school-aged and I wouldn’t have to live with them 24/7 (a surefire recipe for burn-out–which I experienced with our previous foster child). After learning that foster kids are automatically eligible for Head Start (8:30-3:30 Mon-Thurs with transportation provided), we expanded our age range to 3-9 (we don’t want any kids older than Peter, who is 10).
I’m guessing that our license won’t be issued until some time in early fall. I’m on a Facebook group for foster/adoptive parents in Michigan; people downstate report that they are getting calls for placement the same day as their license is approved, but up here, I don’t know how long it’ll be after we’re licensed until we have a placement.