Anyway, we have found a gem of an agency that really takes pride in the children that come in and out of their care. In fact, they went for part of a state grant to help work with bi.olo.gic.al families and ended up with the whole thing. They have a 100% graduation/GED rate for all their teens getting ready to age out. They are all about treating the whole person not just sticking kids in just any home. I like that.
DH and I have a lot of red tape and hurdle if we are going to be able to adopt the little boy we want. I really think it is worth it though.
So, the goal is to get as much done as soon as we can get it done. If we end up with the child we want, Yay, but we are prepared for it to take a while, too.
Here is a list of classes we need to take:
1. Orientation - 2
2. Case Management and Teambuilding - 3
3. Child Abuse, Neglect and the Impact on Child Development - 3
4. Attachment, Separation, and Placement - 3
5. Discipline and Managing Behavior - 3
6. De-escalation and Policies and Procedures - 2
7. Cultural Issues in Placement - 3
8. Caring for a Child that has been Sexually Abused - 2.5
9. Effects of Caregiving on the Family and Primary Families - 3
10. Permanency Issues for Children and Families - 3
11. Educational Advocacy - 2
12. Infant, Child and Adult CPR and First Aid - 6.5
We have 2 down, 34 more to go. Phew… this is going to be a long several months. I am so excited though.