RAPT III class completed! The day didn’t start out so well. Hubby told the sitter to be at our house at 8:30am. Sitter showed up just under 10 minutes late. Unfortunately it takes a little over 30 minutes to get there and the class was set to start at 9am. We made good time getting there as it was a Saturday and not much traffic. However once we got the building all the doors were locked. Hubby rang the buzzer, knocked on the window and we even turned the light switch on and off several times. Finally an employee happened by and let us into the building.
The class itself went well. It went over some more of the basic information that is required of a Foster Family. Most of the other attendees were there to get license to help a family member and many were eager to share their story. Because of this, the class ran a little long, but not too bad.
We were not given any further instructions, so I think all that remains for us to do is complete the pile of paperwork and additional activities.
Shortly after attending the RAPT 1 class, I received an email providing me with a link and directions on how to sign up for the RAPT 2, online course. It’s completely online and can be paused or stopped as needed. Throughout the day yesterday I worked on getting the course finished, and succeeded. However, the certificate can not be issued and training hours logged until we have both completed the online hours.
Also in the above mentioned email, was a link to schedule the RAPT 3 class. We are set to take this one in about a week and a half. There are only two classes each month, so we were stuck with when they had one available.
The level 1 class was scheduled for 3 hours and both of us had to attend this as well. Speaking honestly, both my husband and I assumed it would be boring and torturous. The class began quite slowly and seemed to be exactly what we expected. Thankfully it progressed somewhat quickly and was informative. The staff distributed booklets to allow each family to follow along during the meeting and to reference at home if needed. As a whole, the class opted to skip our breaks thereby cutting the time down to two and a half hours. 🙂
A lot of important and interesting information was provided and I’m glad we attended (not that we had a choice).
The next step would be 4 hours of online training.
See Foster License – Part 1
Once the papers provided at the information meeting, which include a general application and background check forms, to the assigned manager, the process has officially begun! In our case, it took about 3 weeks to get a call saying that our background checks were successful and to schedule an initial home visit (not to be confused with a home study).
Since both spouses are required at the initial home visit, we scheduled our visit for an evening. Our assigned manager came to our home for the visit. She was reassuring that the initial visit was just to give us (and them) a general idea of the conditions the foster child(ren) would be living in. They have requirements on the amount of space each child in foster care receives in a foster home. We walked through our home looking at every room. She made notes and comments (such as the need for medicine to be stored higher, each child needs their own bed, etc) as we went.
She asked us a few general questions and provided us with a packet of additional documentation to complete. Within these papers were instructions on getting fingerprinted, CPR certified, and a few other ‘extra’ tasks we’d need to complete for licensing. Just before she left we agreed on which of the available level 1 classes we’d like to sign up for and attend.
The level 1 class was scheduled for 3 hours and both of us had to attend this as well.