Each day, foster care and adoption resource specialists at AdoptUSKids answer questions from people across the country who want to know more about becoming a foster parent and the children who are waiting for adoption. Here is one of those conversations.
After a lot of thought and discussion, we started our adoption approval process in November. Our caseworker doesn’t think it will be done until March or April, partially because our classes don’t start until January. Children shouldn’t have to go through another Christmas without someone who is going to be in their life for forever. How can I skip the classes?
Thank you for understanding the impact on children and youth when they don’t understand who they can rely upon, especially during times that are associated with the importance of family. Many people can relate to your anxiousness to help them now.
However, the classes that you will complete are an important part of preparing you to parent children who entered foster care due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment and who will need you to be an essential part of their healing process. These classes are effort and time that you will spend on being self-reflective about your parenting skills, learning new parenting techniques that are important for foster and adoptive families to know, and understanding how to talk with children and youth about their experiences, feelings, birth family, and more. Your preparation and the importance of learning won’t stop with your adoption, but it is important to start with this valuable experience.