1968 - We went to the county to find information, and they gave us a child! No training, nothing. We filled out the paperwork, they did the fingerprint, and we had a child.
We were so nervous when she first came to the door. We didn't know what we were supposed to do. She, however, had been through this too many times. At 8 years old, her black pony tails bouncing as she moved, she grabbed my hands, looked up at me, and said, "Hi, my name's Geneva, and I'll call you mom if you let me stay."
We were hooked!