For four years I taught PS-MAPP. I really liked it. It is a great curriculum for future adoptive & foster parents. It helped me as a mom. There are days that I still need to stop and reflect & use those lessons.
Tonight, there is a new crop of parents finishing the class. Depending on how backed up they are at licensing and how many kids come into foster care, these parents could have a new foster child in their home next week.
Such an exciting and scary time!
And I get to be a very small part..
On the last day of class, these future foster parents get to ask whatever they want of us, the “experts”. I have been on the panel half a dozen times since I quit teaching. And you know what I always learn?
I learn that I am not the same parent as other foster parents.. They talk about the instant bond they had with foster kids. They talk about how each day is a blessing…
And I do love being a mom, but I didn’t instantly love my foster kids. And a lot of days are just plain rough. The only blessing in many days is the fact that they end.
But, I hope that the new parents appreciate my point of view. I hope that they learn a bit from me..