The wife and I are foster parents here in Oregon and just the process of getting state certified for foster care took forever. The state people came by the house at least three times, had to install smoke detectors in every room, had to filled out a 15 page questionnaire. Man, I didn't go through that much paperwork to get my security clearance.
And of course there were all the courses that we had to take in order to get our certification. For those who have never been through working with a state agency in charge of children it is something else. No wonder some folks don't even try. The only good thing is that when we decide to adopt at least we are already established in the system.
The other good thing is that any kids that are placed in our home for foster care we can petition the state to let us adopt them so once again we probably have an in with the state agency because of our foster parent certification.