I've been blogging for ten months now! Wow, it's amazing how much has changed since my first post!
When you have a child living with you for any amount of time, it's only natural to wonder what life would be like if you were able to adopt that child. You wonder what would happen if you didn't have to say good bye to this child for whom you've opened up your home and your heart. The longer the child is with you, the more you wonder what will happen.
When you approach a year with a foster child in your care, that's when you know that adoption is a real possibility. After a year, there will either be a few months extension granted for the bio parents to finish their court mandated requirements, or the bio parents will have their rights terminated. You don't know which way things will go, and as much as you know that you should want the child to be reunited with the bio parents, sometimes you just wish that you could keep that child in your arms forever.
No words can soothe the pain of finding out that there won't be an adoption. Nothing I could write here can prepare new foster parents for the joy or sorrow of finding out what the end of a placement holds. But I can say that the good byes and the tears, the adoptions and the hugs, all that comes with doing foster care is well worth it.
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