…taking placements via the intake department. We haven’t had to go through the intake department since our girls came to stay with us – all of our other placements have come to us through our Resource Family Worker which involves much less drama.
The intake department consists of a rotation of workers who make phone calls for any children in care in need of a placement. That means that they play the middle man between you (foster parent) and the children’s caseworker. That means that any time there is a question, conflict, or you hold your mouth the wrong way when discussing the placement, they have to get in contact with the caseworker (could take days. literally.) and then find the time to get back to you. Long story short, it makes all this take a lot of time, a lot of waiting, and in the end everything is as clear as the air in L.A.
SO, no news as of yet really. Just waiting for the intake department to get a hold of the caseworker, who has to get a hold of her supervisor, who has to call the adoption worker.
Things I am slightly nervous about:
- How to divide my time between five kids under the age of 10. This will take some practice. I just hope I get good at it sooner than later.
- Hair Care. I am moderately sure that the kids are African American (Yes, that’s how informative the intake department is when they call). I’m giving myself a crash course on hair care. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
- Laundry. If I don’t suffocate in it, and I don’t lose Sylvie in it, I’ll count myself ahead of the game. Maybe we’ll make it a house rule that everyone gets dressed out of the laundry basket. A game maybe. Who can find their clothes in the massive pile the fastest?!?
- Mostly, I’m nervous about my selfishness. Ugh, I hate it. I’m nervous that I will want to be selfish with my time. I’m nervous that I will want to be selfish with my time with Sylvie. I’m nervous that I will want to be selfish with my time in the bathroom. (Did I mention we only have one bathroom?) This one could use some heavy duty prayer – if you could add it to your list of prayer requests for the week, I would really appreciate it.