Here's a little piece of news I'm pretty excited about... Gary and I are looking into getting a foster care license. Our consideration is that, in case one of our students is ever removed from their home, they will have the option of coming to a familiar place with people they know and trust.
The hope is, of course, that we would never need to resort to such an action. But, history has shown us that reality doesn't always align with our hopes. And so we want to be prepared to support our youth in their times of trouble and need.
Several years ago, we had a student in our junior high youth group who was raped by her mom's boyfriend. She was taken from her home, placed into foster care, and we never saw her again. God forbid that an experience of trauma and tragedy also separate a student from their spiritual supports.
So, I'll be filling out an application, attending meetings, getting my CPR certification, a TB test, and have my home inspected. All to get a license I hope I'll never need to use.