Our crew

Our crew

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

What's new?

There's not really a whole lot to report right now.  We are in another holding pattern until December 19th.  Between now and then we have a couple of online trainings to complete and some more paper work to gather.  For those that are interested in the details, here's a list of some of the documents required by Buckner.

  1. Drivers License
  2. Marriage Certificate (if applicable)
  3. Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  4. Death certificate of spouse (if applicable)
  5. Birth certificates
  6. Diploma or GED (all of them)
  7. Current liability insurance (auto)
  8. paycheck stubs or tax return
  9. 10 year residency form
  10. background check release
  11. FBI fingerprint criminal history clearance
  12. DFPS history clearance
  13. DPS criminal history clearance
  14. TB skin test for all household members over age 1
  15. pet vaccinations
  16. house rules (including rewards and consequences)
  17. health inspection (done by Buckner)
  18. fire inspection (done by Buckner)
  19. Floor plan
  20. pictures of home exterior and surrounding areas
  21. home child-care plan
  22. home schedule (summer and the school year)
  23. evacuation plan
  24. tax return
  25. verification of health insurance
  26. will
  27. proof of life insurance on husband and wife (50K minimum)
We have a lot of leg work to do in the next couple of weeks!  I think we've completed the first 10 or so on this list.

The online classes we have to complete are:

  1. Medical consent training
  2. Psychotropic Medication
  3. Trauma Informed Care

There are more classes for Foster parents that we don't have to take like CPR/First aid and a few others.

This Saturday we will have a fund raiser bake sale at a local vendor fair.  We've asked several friends from church and community to help by baking items and have had great responses.  Thank you to all who are helping!   If you'd like more information about this event, please let me know.  There will be lots of great vendors there.  I know I plan on doing a little Christmas shopping too, if I can break away from my booth.  I'd love to see you there!  I'm very hopeful that this will be a great starting place for our fundraising efforts.

Oh yeah, we took some family pictures last week.  I still didn't get the Christmas card photo I wanted, but we got some fun shots.  I can't wait to see what our picture looks like next year!
 Here's my crew.  15m, 3, 4.5, 6, and ALMOST 8.

A little fun with daddy.

This is about as close as we got to everyone being happy.  Maybe next time we will work better around nap time and snack time.

And here is a shot of my parents with all 13 of their grandchildren.  (the oldest is 10)

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