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Our Life Journey Part 1

Joshua Hurtado has been driving for Uber Eats since August 2018. Joshua has also graduated with an Associates Degree in Paralegal Studie

Familiar Feeling

Just the other day I had been contemplating on what I thought was the lack of progress in our lives. I just felt like I have not been making any real progress. But, after I thought about it some more I realized that there has been more change in our lives over the past five months than there has been over the past year and a half. The first really big change is that we moved across the country as we believe God was leading us to do which in and of itself is a huge change. I really needed to remember how much progress we have made in other areas as well.

Foster Training

We really did not know how badly they needed foster parents over here until we got here. There are literally signs all over the place advertising the need for foster families. It did not take us long to begin the process again.

There are two overall training sections with the first being P.R.I.D.E. (Parent Resources for Information, Development, and Education) was very informative. The class focuses a bit on the trauma that a child goes through when they are removed from their parents, the conditions under which a child may be removed, examples of what children go through as a result of neglect as well as abuse (sexual and non-sexual). It also hit on the challenges that kids face growing up in the foster system. This segment of the training took about a month or so.

The next segment was Trauma which took about two-two and a half weeks to complete. This section focused specifically on the trauma that children experience while they are with their biological family as a result of neglect and abuse as well as the trauma that results from the removal process. We definitely learned a lot from our trainings and they really clarified what works in certain situations and what does not work.

Placement

Not long after our license was approved we got a placement! Unfortunately I am not allowed to use his name or post any pictures or videos of him online due to him being in the foster system. When we got the call we were supposed to have been placed with him on either Saturday or Sunday however, circumstances did not permit this to happen and the placement was sped up. We were placed with our foster son on the 29th of September and it was one of the happiest days of my life!

He has been with us for a little over one month now. He loves riding his bike and swimming in the pool. Although, I am not quite sure which one of those activities would be his favorite. He has already made friends around the apartments as well as at school.

New Job

Another big change came in the form of employment. I was feeling down and a bit depressed because I felt as if we were not making the progress needed with our finances. I was talking with Miranda about going and getting a new job aside from Uber driving. Well, I went out that day and within a few hours had an interview and was hired at a local IHOP and I have been working there for about a month and a half now. Also, my boss wants to make me a manager and does not seem to mind if all the overtime that I like to work.

I have also recently been contacted by another potential employer about a job opportunity in the legal field (which is the field I want to work in). I had an interview for this position August 30thand they said I should hear back by the end of the week. They also told me that I was the only one they were interviewing at the moment so i feel pretty good about the prospects. It is going to be a Paralegal Assistant position and from what I hear is a good way to get my foot in the door since it's an entry level position. The way I found this employer is somewhat interesting as well. I was doing a DoorDash delivery and it turned out to be that the person who ordered worked for the law firm and I was able to hand them my resume. I definitely do not think that this is a coincidence.

After I reflected on some of these things I definitely felt better about what has actually happened over the past several months and I was able to actually go to sleep.

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