The meeting started in much the same way as RAPT I. We were all asked to introduce ourselves and tell why we were there. Unlike last time, the trainers did not interject any judgement, criticism or comments for individuals as we went along. Instead, they waited until everyone was done to speak. And then one of the trainers gave us an incredibly sincere and uplifting thanks for being there. She said something along the lines of, "Everyone sees bad things with kids on TV and says someone should do something. You are the people doing something. Thank you."
The meeting was pretty straightforward. The trainers had a packet of handouts and a PowerPoint that they went through in a professional manner. Like night and day from our last training! I did however wish that the training involved more strategies and less information. There was a lot of talk about how trauma affects kids, but not very much at all about how to help them work through it. For people who are not looking at adoption, but only fostering, this is the last training. We will still have one more, an all-day class focusing specifically on adoption. It seems crazy to me that this is all the training you need to be a foster parent! (They did, however, encourage us to sign up for more specific optional trainings, and I believe foster parents do have some continuing education requirements).
On the way home from the meeting we bought a mattress, so we're one step closer to being prepared for a homestudy! We're not exactly sure when that will begin. Our adoption specialist told us a few weeks ago that the agency they use is full until January, so she can't refer us until after the first of the year. We don't know exactly what that means for a timeline, but we just keep stepping forward in faith!
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. ~ Philippians 4:6-7