No. When you sign up to go to a foster care orientation you are not agreeing to foster or adopt. Orientation is a great first connection point where you can meet people that are involved in the foster care world and get your questions answered. At the end of orientation, you will be given a packet of agencies that you can contact if you are ready to take the next step.
At any time in the process of becoming licensed you can make the decision that fostering or adopting is not right for you. You know your family best and it is important that you do not feel pressured into getting involved in foster care. You want to feel good about your choice to move forward because deciding to foster/adopt means you are deciding to bring a living breathing child into your home. The last thing you want is to have regrets that will negatively effect them.
I can tell you from personal experience that fostering will be life changing. It will be hard and it will be beautiful at the same time. If you are ready to take a first step, check out our page for more information on upcoming orientations:
Thank you for your great question! If you have questions, send them to #youaskedfa or Kim@fosteraz.com