Hi folks, I wanted to introduce myself. My partner and I have been wanting to start a family. Without going into the details (if you're interested, there are 2 years worth of posts in the TTC boards ;), we are sure we will eventually be able to have our own bio kids, we are interested in functioning as a family now. DP and I have talked about adopting or fostering since we first got together, and we are just now starting to actually plan for this possibility.
We've had conversations with our parents, and both sets support the idea of fostering. A few days ago we had a conversation with some friends who have two foster boys, and they told us all about their experience being foster parents. One of the parents is a social worker, so she gave us some tips about which agencies are better and how to navigate the system. We're now preparing to sign up for classes in October, which is the next set of classes that work with our schedule.
It's looking fairly certain that this will happen, and we've been spending more time caring for other peoples' kids to prepare. We're planning to just go ahead with the classes and not prevent pregnancy... I am pretty sure at this point that I will need some medical intervention in order to hold on to a pregnancy, so the idea is that we foster now and kind of slowly address fertility issues and eventually have bio kids. We are 32 and 34 so we still have the luxury of at least a few years, and we've done some initial fertility workups and there are no major problems.
Just wanted to say hello. Perhaps this fall I'll be posting more often about classes and home studies!