I live in north Mississippi and my husband and I are starting the process to become licensed foster parents. We already have two adopted children, who we adopted from overseas. We have had our 8 year old daughter for 7 years and our 6 year old son has been with us for 3 years.
We were approached a family in our church about fostering their niece or nephew when it is born in a few months. The two older children, a 9 year old girl and a 5 year old boy, have already been removed from the birth parent's home because of drugs. The grandmother has the two older children, but she is unable to care for the newborn and there is no one else in the family that can take the newborn either. They have expressed an interest in my husband and myself fostering the baby since they know us very well and would know they baby is being well cared for and safe. We are not sure if our foster license will be completed before the baby is born. Our foster parenting classes start on Saturday, September 8. I am not sure when the baby is due. I do know she is far enough along to try to find out the gender of the baby, which they could not find out because the baby was turned the wrong way. I am not sure how far along after that she is. Is it possible that if the family requests us that we could have the baby placed with us while we are completing the fostering process? If it is possible, what does this family need to do? Any experience and knowledge of how this works would be greatly appreciated.