I’ve written before about the visits that foster children go on with their biological parents. Normally, this is just a time when the parents and children can get together each week, and they go to the DSS offices or maybe to a park in the nice weather.
Sometimes, my mom does something extra special for a visit, so that the parents can enjoy whatever big event is coming up in the child’s life. For example, tomorrow is Halloween, so of course my two-year-old foster sister is dressing up, just like the rest of the family. Unfortunately, Halloween is on a Friday, but my sister goes on visits on Thursdays. So my mom took extra time this morning to put my littlest sister in her Halloween costume a day early, so that she can go to the visit all dressed up. Her mom might not get to see her on Halloween, but at least she’ll still get to be a part of the experience if she sees her daughter in her costume.
I always feel bad in a way when the parents miss out on a holiday or birthday with their kids. I mean, I know that they obviously did something wrong if their children were taken away, but in the majority of cases we’ve dealt with, the parents realize that they need to shape up and they do the right thing to get their kids back. When they’re working so hard to be able to have their kids come home, I know it must be hard for them to not experience everything with their kids.
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