Fostering Journey Part 1 – Becoming a Foster Home

February 20, 2016Kara Woolery
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The beginning of our Journey on becoming a Foster Family and Foster Home.

becoming a foster family our journey on becoming a foster homeHello sweet Friends, Family, & Followers! I have been absent from my business for the last week. A few of you have asked if things were okay, since I was so quiet on my business social media outlets. I wanted to explain my absence, and let you know of a new journey my family and I began … the journey of becoming a Foster Family.

Becoming A Foster Family

Last year around October we began the process of becoming a Foster Family / Foster Home. It is something that has been on my heart for a while, and God slowly started to place it on my husband’s (Ryan) heart. Becoming a Foster Family was a long road, but completely worth the wait.

I have wanted to foster or adopt for as long as I can remember. When my husband and I first stared dating I told him I wanted to eventually adopt some children. He was open to hearing about my hopes and dreams, but he wasn’t quite on the same page. Once we were married we really began discussing it in great detail. We prayed about it often, asking God to bring us guidance. Three Sunday’s in a row, and one Wednesday at my husband’s bible study group, God spoke to Ryan. He felt like it was time to jump in both feet and get started on becoming a foster home. God works in the most amazing ways, and His timing is everything.

We started this journey on becoming a foster home thinking we would only take one child at a time. We have one sweet girl which most of you know by now, Lilly age 11. My husband travels with his job often, and I run my business. I never in a million years thought I would want to “sacrifice” my business time. As a business owner and a mama, I struggle with the balance of mom and business duties! We thought one foster child at a time would be best for our family dynamic.

God Had A Different Plan on Our Journey To Becoming a Foster Home

On Monday, February 8th, 2016 we received our first call late at night asking if we would be willing to take two little girls. Immediately I knew in my heart that we had to say YES. I waited for Ryan to get home so we could make a decision. We prayed and decided to take the girls into our home. I am not going to lie; we were very nervous! Taking in two young girls was going to turn our world upside down. We had only prepared a room for one kid, and had only mentally prepared for one kid. I have a Toyota Prius – you know the tiny little hybrid cars – and fitting three kids in the back with car seats was going to be a struggle. We had completely committed to each other and ourselves that we could only take on one child at a time for the beginning journey of becoming a foster family. BUT when we got this call, God was tugging on my heart strings to say YES.foster family journey quote - becoming a foster home
We have quickly learned that trauma is real and trauma is VERY difficult to parent. You want the kids to feel like they can express themselves and their pain. You also have no idea how to handle that. The things you learn in your foster parenting classes do not even begin to cover what you need to know.

Ryan and I are working with wonderful people who are helping us with parenting methods for these sweet little girls. I had NO IDEA my heart could fall in love with two little girls so very quickly. We are excited for this journey of being a foster home, and would appreciate the prayers as it will not be an easy journey, but definitely one we know as a family we are meant to be on.

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We are unsure how long these sweet girls will be with us, and honestly unsure on just about everything. One thing we are sure of … while they are here we will show them LOVE, MERCY, and GRACE. We are going car shopping this week, because an SUV is a must! We are also fixing up the girls room this week to fit two little kiddos! AND as you can see below… I will be needing to learn how to do these sweet girl’s hair.

Becoming a Foster Family - Our journey with two amazing little girls

More on our fostering and adoption journey HERE!

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12 Comments

  • Astrid

    February 15, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    You have an amazing heart! God bless you and guide you through this journey!

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much Astrid!!

  • Kim

    February 15, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Such a nice story to read. Congrats to you and your family. I am sure those little girls lives have been blessed as much as they have blessed yours. Will put you in my prayers.

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Thank you so much Kim.

  • Ashley Buck

    February 15, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    I’m not going to lie I read this a bawled like a baby. God is so so good! I love kids & have always wanted to adopt or foster but God led me down a different path. I’m grateful for my 3 children & 2 bonus kiddos but I can’t help but have this place in my heart for children in need of a home & loving family. I’m always reading about foster children & families. I love seeing God’s work in all the lives who are apart of adoption & fostering. I pray God blesses you, Ryan, Lilly & those 2 beautiful girls & leads you all on the path he created for each one of you. Prayers for your journey always.

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:18 am

      Ashley thank you so much!!! And your little family is precious!! God definitely always has a plan!

  • Sarah

    February 15, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Awwww! I SO love this. We, too, are a foster family and got a call for a sweet baby girl a little over 4 years ago. This was perfect, I wanted another baby and hubby said, only one. Well, within a few hours, we got a call, “BTW, she has an 18 month old sibling.” That’s not really a “by the way”. ☺️ We grew from two kiddos to four overnight and now are a permanent family of six. God always has a plan and it always works out just like it’s supposed to. Blessings to you and all three of your sweet little girls!

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:17 am

      This was so wonderful to hear! Thank you for sharing Sarah! Congrats on your precious little (big) family! Hahahaha! God definitely always has His plan!!!

  • Chrysty

    February 16, 2016 at 6:49 am

    My husband and I are also becoming licensed foster parents. But we are hoping to adopt a child out of the system. We have four of our own children already and cannot wait to see where God continues to take our family.

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Chrysty that is so awesome to hear. We are definitely open to adopt if we get a placement where the kids are adoptable. But the main goal for most if bridging back with family.

  • Marla

    February 16, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Oh Kara! This has me in tears! What a beautiful blessing all around! The picture of the three girls together is absolutely precious! Excited to hear more about this journey! Bless your hearts!!! ❤️❤️❤️

    1. Kara Woolery

      February 17, 2016 at 9:15 am

      Thank you so much Marla!!!!

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