Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Quite a Day

Hopefully this won't be hard to follow. My mind is still racing after working through this day. Morning was wonderful. After all we dealt with yesterday on when Girlie would be transitioning, we were pretty sure it was to happen today after all. My friend J currently (as of this morning) had two foster daughters. One is 5 "K" and has been with her for 3 years, still in foster care, but now finally headed toward termination and permanency. She also has a 2 year old "E" that she got in April. She was going home today after court at 11am. Prior to living with J, she was with a relative placement. I received a phone call at 10:45am. E was not going home. They did a drug test at court and it was "dirty." So, they are continuing court until July 29 and she is basically going back to square one with supervised visits. They had been unsupervised, and overnights to prepare for the transition. Girlie was to be placed with J knowing E was going home and there weren't young children there. A long story and many many phone calls and decisions later, J is keeping all 3 girls. K and Girlie are headed to termination and E is still up in the air but J and I both think that with today's situation, she probably won't go home either. She's done now with kids. She wanted three and has room for only three, she's complete. The kicker is, since E was removed from the home, a half brother close to Olivia's age moved in and they had a baby boy who is about 5 months old now who is still there. Purely speculation, but we think they will end up pulling at least the baby if not the older boy as well. How could they not??? If they don't I do not understand this system at all. How can you decide it's not a safe environment for a 2 year old, but it's ok for a 5 month old??? Anyway, I know I should not think this way, but I'm hoping that if they pull the baby they'll call me. :) J met the two once and I asked about the older boy. If they pull both and call me, I want some info on what he's like. She said he seemed really nice and calm and laid back. (Kind of the opposite of Braeden! :) ) So, we'll see where God is leading in all this. My license should be there this week. I certainly hope so anyway. I also found out, on the "down low" right now, that Girlie and Liam's caseworker (cw) is going to be leaving the agency soon. LOL How many have to leave for them to figure out that something needs to change??? I hope they do.

So, Girlie did transition permanently to J's today. We hugged and kissed, but I think it helps so much to know that we will see and hear about her often. Prayers are with her and them, that's for sure. :)


Julie said...

WOW- never a dull moment!!!

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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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