We are currently an active family of two, but we are looking forward to expanding. I am the 34-year-old mom and my daughter Georgia is 8. We also have an adorable little Yorkie named Belle that LOVES attention and cuddles! Georgia has been involved in gymnastics for several years, so last year we added a bar and a beam to our house for practice. Georgia also loves watching the Disney Channel shows like Jessie, Austin & Allie, Bunked, Girl Meets World, etc. She also loves to ride her bike, play with her Monster High dolls, American Girl dolls or many, many baby dolls. Georgia and I enjoy going to the movies, visiting the local zoo (2 miles away from our house), and going to the big parks in Orlando whenever we can. We also enjoy a simple trip to the mall or going out to eat. We love to have a spa day and get mani/pedis for a special treat.
I work as the accounting manager for a public company located in our town. I work an average 8-5 schedule, but I am blessed to have an employer that is very flexible regarding appointments during working hours. I also have the added luxury of being able to work from home when I need to (usually when Georgia is sick), and I am even able to take Georgia to my office sometimes. We have also become close with several stay at home moms (parents of Georgia's friends) that help out from time to time. We are very excited to be on this journey and simply cannot wait to welcome the rest of our forever family into our home!
We live in a condo community with beautiful green grass and palm trees! We are right across from the neighborhood pool, and we love spending as much time there as we can during the summer. We are also only a short drive from the beach and all the big parks in Florida.
Georgia is in the 3rd grade this year and is a pretty good overall student. Her best subject is reading, and we are working a little harder on math. The schools in our area are some of the best in Florida, and I have been very happy with our experiences with them so far.
I have lived on my own with Georgia since she was about 8 months old. In addition to raising Georgia, I have also spent a great deal of time with my sisters' children ranging from teenagers to slightly younger than Georgia. I have assisted with her t-ball team and helped coach her in cheerleading. We also frequently have her friends around for visits or sleepovers. In April of 2016, I became a licensed foster parent and we received our first placement, which was a 9.5 month old little girl. Although having an 18 month old running around would complicate most homes (and it did complicate ours), we really feel like she completed our home. It was through this experience that we knew we were ready and able to expand our home and offer a forever home to a little girl or girls that need a place to feel safe and loved. Since becoming licensed, we have also fostered a 7 year old, a 4 year old, and a five year old, all with various needs and challenges. We have enjoyed working with each of them while they were in our home.
Recently, I have taken additional specialized foster parent trainings that deal with sexual abuse and trauma to help me prepare to meet the needs of any kids that are placed in our home. I plan to continue taking additional courses that deal with trauma and abuse going forward.
Georgia has loved having the opportunity to be a big sister to our foster children this year, and she would love to have a forever sister that is younger than her (under 7). However, we are also open to a child that is closer to her age or even a few years older (on a case by case basis). Several of Georgia's friends have older sisters and she delights in having them show her the latest dance moves or give her fashion tips. I have always envisioned myself having a bigger family. Georgia and I relocated to Florida in the summer of 2015, and once we were settled, the time felt right to begin this journey.
Georgia and I have both loved the new spark of life that has entered our home since expanding our family through foster care, so we are hoping to find a child/children that will become part of our forever family. However, we do not have any delusions that life will be perfect from day 1. We have seen a number of transitions occur through our friends and family as well as with our own foster children. I have also spent a great deal of time talking with other foster parents from around the country about their experiences. We are prepared to love any child placed with us through the good times and bad, no matter what!