Tuesday, July 29, 2008


First, today. My W and M, and my friend J's "E", had court today. J brought her two of her crew over, one had a visit, and I watched them all while she went to court. She sat next to the grandma that W and M are going to and said she was very nice. She feels positive about her as a person and that it will be a place where the boys will be cared for. They also have a daughter living with them who can help out. The only problem is that she works until about 3 each day and the grandpa is in a wheelchair. If the aunt isn't home much during the day it could be difficult with W. He is very needy and a difficult 6 month old. They feel overwhelmed right now but obviously want to do what is right.

I know it's a good placement for M. He is very happy to be going there. They are going to move them tomorrow at 10am. "E" will stay with J at least for now. If things go well with the boys they may look at transitioning E, but my guess is they will have enough with the boys, mostly W, that they won't be able to, especially with E's issues. I wonder if down the road a little bit they will say that they can't care for W any longer. I think I'm going to let the worker know that IF they can't, and IF it's just him, and IF he would be placed with me and would either return home if his bios were able to get there issues worked out OR stay "forever," then I would take him back if it came to that. I just hate to see kids move and move and move. At least he would be in a somewhat familar place. Tonight I left him for 2 hours with a friend while I took Braeden to karate (not as bad as the first one, but not as great as the last), and he smiled the BIGGEST smile when I came to pick him up!! It was too stinkin' cute!

Anyway, after court J came back and we chatted about the whole situation and waited for J's oldest to return from her visit. Liam's worker brought her back and asked to speak with me outside. His mom SIGNED THE SURRENDER PAPERS YESTERDAY!!!! Wow! (But I'm curious why she didn't call to let me know, hmmm...) They are still doing a final visit on Thursday and I will try to get a photo albumn (small) done for her along with giving her the PO box where she can reach us. It's so close to being done!!! August 5 will be termination hearing on dad. He then has 30 days to appeal but with mom having signed away rights and himself being locked up, I don't know that he will appeal. I hope not, it just draws things out and the decision won't change.


Julie said...

YIPPEE!!! YEA FOR LIAM!! I am worried about the little one- and grandma- but God will watch over him!! Hang in there!

Linda said...

Just wanted to say thank you for your blog! I have had a hard time finding blogs by foster parents sharing their lives. We are also a foster family and I enjoy the inspiration I get through "peeking" into the lives of others that are trying to make a difference for the so many kids in care. I enjoy several adoption blogs that are also very inspiring and encouraging but it is nice to find yours and feel the kinship with foster care as well as adoption..thank you!

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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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