Well yesterday was the first official visit with our foster child and his parents. Well, only one parent showed up, but it was really nice and I was super nervous beforehand, not knowing how everything would go.
You see, the thing about this foster process, is that we never really know what to expect or what we are about to walk into. We know a general synopsis of how it should go, but it never goes that way.
I called his legal worker to let him know that we (me and little man) were there at the office, and I thought he was going to have the supervised room for his parents already set and ready to go when I walk in, and I could just hand him little man and say “see you in an hour”… ya, not what happened at all.
I had to wait in the waiting room while his legal worker was getting the room for the visit(with 2 other people.. one of them being his parent), so I had no way to avoid communication and just kind of introduced myself, started talking about little man and all of the advancements he has made in this last month, and all the sign language he knows and is learning. It felt good in my heart that when little man saw his parent, he started smiling and acting shy and leaning into me. He knows who his parents still are, and that’s what is important, especially in this situation.
I watched how they interacted for a little bit from a double-sided window, and how little man was genuinely having a good time, and it felt so good to watch their relationship start to develop again from a different perspective now. I am so glad that we can help his parent(s) by watching their precious little boy, while they fix what they need to fix in their life, before he goes back. An hour went by so fast and he and I both were happy to reunite once it was over. His parent was so nice and I was glad that we met.
I have no doubt in my mind that he will be returning home to them in 6-12 months. We pray hard every day for both little man and his parents that they follow Gods path for their lives, and see this as a second chance at parenting and their own lives, to get clean and stay healthy. We ask if you would please join us in prayer for them as well, as it would be greatly appreciated.
So cheers to the first visit down, and many more to go(they are weekly)!
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