Two Weeks EXACTLY…

I knew the story wasn’t over for 7-year old Apple.

Two weeks ago today, we received the phone call that Apple’s current foster family was “leaning towards adoption.”

Everything in my brain was telling me to move on, to let go, to quit dreaming that we would get a placement so quickly.

But my heart said that wouldn’t be the last time we hear from Apple.

Today, we received a call that the family that was supposedly “leaning towards adoption” and has had Apple in their home since February 2011 had contacted someone at DHS requesting several more days of respite care for this child. One time for a weekend they are going out of town later this month, and the other for an entire week while they take a FAMILY VACATION.

Oh yes, they are taking a family vacation in May (before school gets out, mind you) and NOT wanting to take along the child they are LEANING TOWARDS ADOPTING?

Someone please tell just me how f***ed up that is? I can’t even wrap my brain around the craziness that this child has been through, and now when his mother’s termination hearing is coming up soon, they want to dump him with strangers so that they can take a week-long vacation.

Because of all of this, the option was presented to us again if we would like to not only be the respite provider for the days the family is asking for… But– if things work out, we could decide to take him permanently.


Can you hear my jaw dropping to the floor?

Can you hear my stomach twisting up in knots?

There are still lots of things to work out, of course. We have to talk to our own kids. We also have to talk to Spark, our current foster kiddo. While I think he might be excited to have another little boy in the house his age, I think he needs to be prepared for whats to come.

Foster care and adoption…what a crazy ride.

  5 comments for “Two Weeks EXACTLY…

  1. April 12, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    I will gladly hold your earrings while you beat the living snot out of those people. Seriously. SERIOUSLY. Oh my word.
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    • April 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

      I KNOW, right? It’s seriously crazy. I will totally be biting my tongue when she calls me to set up the respite. Smile

  2. Traci
    April 13, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    When it rains, it pours… The agency know what kind of a loving home you’ll provide. Things will work out…

  3. Belinda
    April 16, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    So does this mean you possibly could be adopting 2 boys? WOW! I agree with Traci-That agency sees something in you and Mark! A loving family with big hearts and the ability to change the lives of not only 1 but possibly 2 children!

    • April 17, 2012 at 8:38 AM

      We would be an adoptive family for the child coming soon. The one we currently have, however, is still a foster only placement. It hasn’t been determined yet if his case will go to termination. If it does though, how could we say NO? haha I might need to buy a bigger house!

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