Monday, January 27, 2014

30 Minutes

Today the foster kids had court.  All parties were in agreement that the kids should go home so we had everything packed and the kids prepared. Normally I go to court hearings but I just didn't feel the need to do so in this case.  I received periodic updates from the kids mom, she was getting very nervous.  Naturally they were the last case heard.  Last text I received from her was that they were on their way to get the kids. 

The social worker told me that she would call me with the outcome, she didn't.  When the parents showed up they said that the SW told them to tell me that it was OK for them to take the kids.  I did since I knew that they had finished the plan and we actually have maintained a great level of communication.  However, I would have appreciated a phone call from the social worker. 

After the kids left I asked my husband how long he thought it would be before we got another call. 

30 minutes later I get a call from their social worker and I tell her that the kids are already gone.  She said she wasn't calling about them....then silence.  I knew then that they were calling for a placement.  Yes, temporary placement for two kids.  Only 3 days.  They have a probable cause hearing in three days and are supposed to go to grandmas at that time.

They brought over two little girls, young 1 and 2 year olds.  The girls spent the first 30 minutes glued to the hip.  Then Jason brought in the toddler toys.  After that they were all over the place.  Most of the evening they were playing and giggling with the other kids.  Such a beautiful sound.  It is amazing how quickly they fit right in. 

I have one play pen and one crib.  Since this is supposed to be for only 3 days (and I feel that it will be true) I didn't want to set up the crib.  I quickly borrowed a play pen from another foster parent, bought some diapers and whole milk.  We are set for 3 days.

So, the answer to how long it would be before we got another call......30 minutes.


  1. I'm so glad the other kids got to go home! Good for their parents for doing what they needed to do. That outcome always makes me happy.

  2. I second Emily's comment and I absolutely love that they see you as an ally and resource.

  3. Wow! 2 hours after a friend of mine's placement went home she got another call as well,,, I really need a new agency! :-)