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Old 12-31-2010, 12:31 PM
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How long did it take for you?

From beginning to end to get your foster lisence. I just did my intake interview on the phone with basic background information. They said someone would be contacting me within a week to let me know what comes next. I am in SC. I know every state and county are different, but just wanted to know how everyone else's process went.
Bio Son 1 born 9/28/04
Bio Son 2 born 7/26/06
Bio Daughter 1 born 4/15/09
Early Dec. 10 discussion with hubby on foster care
12/27/10 Contacted local DSS to begin process 12/31/10 Did an over the phone inquiry application with basic background info.
2/3/2011 Orientation and fingerprinting
02/4/2011 Received packet with all the paperwork.
02/06/2011 Finished 10 page autobiography, openness checklist, and a few other papers.
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:35 PM
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adopted 1& back for more
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October 14 to June 4 to get licensed.

June 4 to August 28 to meet my forever daughter.

Aug 28 to Oct 20 to finalize our adoption.

371 days.

Dec 31, 2013- Finished a second round of PRIDE to begin new foster/adopt journey for 3 little girls
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:40 PM
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In my area you have to do your training first and then home study, and then licensing. You can do your background checks while doing the training (b/c we have to pay for those).

So we started 10/1/2009, our license was granted on 4/23/10. We had about a month lag in there when we were not pushing things to get done because our DS had surgery (our HS was being written, and usually it's only 2 weeks and it was about 5 for us).
DD - 10
DS - 8
DD - 4

Children born to another woman call me “Mom.” The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me. ~ Jody Landers
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Old 12-31-2010, 12:41 PM
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The first time we were licensed it took from May-September and we got a placement after 12 days.

This time we had orientation in September and done December.

He who can reach a child's heart can reach the worlds heart. --- Rudyard Kipling

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Old 12-31-2010, 01:37 PM
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We are in Texas. I did the application in July, started classes in September. It was supposed to be August for classes, but I had an opportunity to go to Tanzania for two weeks, so I put the classes on hold. We had our homestudy in November, our final walkthrough and contract signing the first week in December, and were licensed a week later, on Dec. 13. We are licensed for two, ages 0-4, any sex/race/mild medical issues, and are currently waiting on a placement.

It took, in reality, just over three months from when we started classes to when our license was granted.
S, bio mom to 3, ages 17,13, and 10, AM to Sugar Biscuit, almost 2, adopted 11-9-12 after 635 days in care.

Foster mom since 12/10

Other placements, the Brothers, age 3 and 4, placed 6/30/11-8/1/11, returned to our care 12/5/11 due to failed adoption, sent to new adoptive home 5/1/12, still in our lives.
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Old 12-31-2010, 01:49 PM
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We started the classes at the end of August, finished them at the end of October. First homestudy was completed the first week of December, but due to some biased, homophobic and flat out incorrect information, the homestudy had to be redone. (The worker actually lost her job because of how unethical and incorrect the homestudy was). The second homestudy started in the middle of January, completed by the middle of March. We were finally licensed April 16th, which was also our 7 year anniversary. All in all, it took about 8 months. We got our first foster placement 6 weeks later.
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:15 PM
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It was only 43 days for us. Our SW said it was the fastest anyone in the state they have ever seen. 6 months is usually the norm here in Washington. We are waiting for our first placement. Have gotten a call, but had to say no.
Proud Parents to almost 20 children now!
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Old 12-31-2010, 02:33 PM
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It took 6 months to get our adoptive study done in 2008.

We took PRIDE (foster care) classes starting 1/09. We then quit our agency. We contact a new agency 12/21/09 who picked up our old file and had our FC license in our hands on 3/1/10.

You didn't ask but IMO the two biggest factors are how organized you are about getting everything that is requested completed and back to the worker. The 2nd factor is the worker, which you have little control over. Be nice, be polite, be persistant.

Current Kiddos:
bio age 7
Adopted age 12 (placed 1/27/11; finalized 8/17/11)

Currently matched with:
age 6
age 8
Weekend Visits during September; move in October 1!

Former Foster Placements
- several respite weekends
- T (3yo ) 8/6/10 - 5/2/11 (Moved to placement w/her bio brother )
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Old 12-31-2010, 03:13 PM
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I agree with post above. We were very organized and did all the parts we could do ourselves pretty efficiently. Our SW on the other hand was in much less of a rush and even with a lot of pressure took a long time.
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Old 12-31-2010, 04:48 PM
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We began the journey in February, 2010. We live in a very small rural community in Virginia and just one social worker does the homestudies and licensing. (According to the VDSS website we have just 10 children in care in our county) We completed everything that was asked of us within 48 hours of the request. We were finally licensed December 2, 2010 and are being presented for two different sibling groups.
no longer waiting

Building our family one child at a time!

age 34
age 32
deceased at age 27
age 18
STBAS age 12
STBAS age 9
age 7

musical family added sibling group 8/11

12/2/2010 officially licensed
12/2/2010- began the flurry of inquiries
06/09/2011- matched and selected boy siblings
06/22/2011- hubby's birthday and the ICPC was mailed
07/11/2011- ICPC being completed by my adoptive worker
07/27/2011- on a road trip to meet the boys
07/28/2011- will meet the boys
08/02/2011- boys are home!
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Old 12-31-2010, 06:21 PM
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We inquired in August of 09. Started the next PRIDE class in October. 'Graduated' PRIDE in December of 09. Licensed Jan. 15th of 2010. Homestudy in July of 2010. Social worker 'forgot' to get it approved and went on maternity leave. Discovered the last fact at the beginning of December 2010. Supervisor made it right 12/10/10.
Everything they gave us to do, we did right then and there. No procrastinating here.
Good luck!
Still waiting for that placement!
Started 'the ride' 8/09
Finished PRIDE 12/10/09
Licensed 12/23/09

12/2/10 Discover SW forgot to finish my homestudy!
12/9/10 homestudy pushed through approval.
1/6/11 Matched. Match failed.
3/30/11, matched again 5 m/o girl! Failed (no one checked with current FF. Seriously?)
7/28/11 RU 9/30/11
3/24/12"Lily" Concurrent placement
My dream job: stay at home wife and mother.
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:28 PM
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We were licensed through a private agency, and it took us about 6 months to get our license. We had to get background checks from 2 states because we hadn't lived in our current state for at least 5 years, which delayed our process a bit.

Best wishes in your journey! [/font]
The Diva - 6
Sweetie Pie - 3
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Old 01-04-2011, 09:13 AM
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We are located in NH.

I called in late Sept 08 and took the Oct-Nov 08 classes.

We were licensed by January 1st 2009

It took 3 months to be licensed.

January 2009 to March 2010----waited for a call

March 2010--heard about "R"... Adoption set for next week Jan 2011

Two years from receipt of license to adoption.
Sept 2008 Decided to move to Foster/Adoption
Oct-Nov 2008--FACES classes completed
Dec 2008--Home study Completed
Jan 2009---License arrived
Waited 14 MONTHS.....

March 2010 received call on 8YO
June 2010 Move In Day

Finalized Adoption Jan 12, 2011
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:11 AM
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10 Long months!!
Married May 2004
Bio daughter born February 2007
April 09 started foster adoption journey through CT DCF
Officially licenced and awaiting our daughter(S) (0-4yrs old) to find us. February 2010
Our Journey so far: (teamings)
09-10 13 mo old
09-10 11 mo old
09-10 4 yr old
10-10 3 day old
11-10 1 week old, placed second
12-10 sisters 3 yrs and 2yrs
01-11 9 day old
02-11 2 mo old twins
04-11 11 mo old

Dream ended 05-13-2011 found we are likely to never actually be matched, due to a issue that cannot be rectified. An issue that has NOTHING to do with us.

03-09-12 welcomed biological daughter Evangeline Faith into our family. So blessed to have my family completed, finally.

Still have the want to help children in fostercare, just not sure in what capacity, or when. Till I figure it out, I lurk here among my old "friends"
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Old 01-05-2011, 11:20 AM
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About 4 months from the initial meeting to taking classes until we received our lisence.
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