Monday, May 07, 2007

Adding On???

We MAY, and I stress MAY, be getting a new addition to our crew. Not a little one either, a fifth grader actually. This last week I heard some very disturbing news about a girl in our district. I won't give out details as that would be her story to share if she decided to sometime, but basically DCFS took her into care last Monday. She was taken to the hospital, as all children who enter foster care are, and given a complete exam, etc. Supposedly they then tried to find her a foster home in our district, but couldn't. (No one ever called me!) But here's the kicker - they then sent her back home!!! Are you kidding me? You've deemed this home unsafe for her at this point, took her out of it, gave her the complete work up, and now you're sending her home after basically telling this family that she "told" on them since the referral came from school??? What kind of BS is that???

I found this info out on Friday evening. Her teacher is a good friend of mine and I spoke with her some over the weekend to get an idea of how she might be with three little ones in the house. I heard good things. She seems very sensitive of others. I spoke also with our social worker, who is a friend, and she asked that instead of me calling DCFS myself to let her contact the investigator as she had been trying to get a hold of him for a few days anyway. I said fine. He never called her back all day today, even after she left messages about having a potential foster family in the district. So tomorrow we decided I will go ahead and call myself.

The scariest thing right now is that she wasn't in school today. The family left a message that they were out of town and didn't know when they would be back. That doesn't sound good. My prayers go out for this little girl. Prayerfully she will be in school tomorrow and I will be able to get a hold of someone to figure this thing out. Why are kids always the victims in this lovely system???

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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