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.
As in, ADOPTING HIM.
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.