Upon finishing fostering orientation, there were a few different Next Steps we could take. We could start on the big packet of paperwork, or work on some of the other requirements. Todd and I chose to attend the 27-hour training, again thinking that seeking more knowledge, as opposed to filling out forms, would help us discern whether this was right for us.

Because everyone (potential foster families, potential adoptive families, etc) was having to go through the same training, and that kids could be 0-18 when they enter the foster care system, some of the information couldn’t get too specific. The class touched on attachment; recognizing that kids placed in out-of-home care have experienced trauma, simply by being taken out of their homes, not to mention any trauma they experienced prior to then; the range of emotions kids may be having; having compassion for the birth families; advocating for your child; among others. I said to a number of people upon completing training, that even if we didn’t go on to pursue becoming licensed foster parents, PRIDE still would have been well worth our time.