Dreams, Foster Care Adventures

What’s Happening?

Chasing Dreams, Elaina Avalos, Foster Care, Foster Adopt
This was me organizing the “kid’s” room, last weekend! 

I’ve written in recent months about the challenges that have come my way this year. Like an author and speaker I know, there is power in “going first” and sharing honestly & openly so other people feel safe to admit to their struggles, reach out when they’re in need, etc. I feel called to do that, so I will continue to do so.

But there is a great thing happening in my life and while I’ve talked about it in bits and pieces, it has taken a back seat on the ol’ blog here. So . . . what’s happening?

Good news! I have two {TWO} classes left at Bair for my foster care training! Tonight we have a potluck and next week we graduate! EEEKKK!

I have some things for my file that are not yet completed. But I’m getting there. I should be licensed in January – maybe late December.

Throughout this process, I have only been more and more convinced that I am made to be a mom. But not only am I meant to be a mom, I’m made to be a foster mama, specifically.

I start to say that I’m excited because I am. And yet, foster care is necessary because of the brokenness of this world. Babies and children removed from their home are done so because of abuse, neglect, or a parent’s inability to care for them due to illness, addiction, etc.

To say you’re “excited” to meet your precious foster children seems wrong, does it not {when these are the circumstances that bring them to your door}?

What I can say for sure is that I’m excited to be on this path that I’ve known was meant for me, for so many years. I may have my foster kiddos for days, months, years, or forever. But whether it’s for a season or forever, I am excited to be a mom and to give “my” kiddos a safe, loving, supportive family and home.

When I do receive my first placements, I won’t be able to share any photos {at all} or any names. But I’ll share my adventures here, with personal details removed, as I journey through this non-traditional path to motherhood.

I’m so excited to know that in 2018, I’ll be doing what I’ve been meant to do my whole life. I hope you’ll follow along on my journey.

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