So I decided it was time to dust off the old blog and take it for a spin. I mentioned prayer requests on Friday for A's sister. I may have mentioned this waaaayyyy early on in my posts, but we had always known there was a new sibling somewhere out there. We did our best to make it known that we wanted the siblings to be together but never heard anything. Over the past 2 years, we have done our own "research" so I've kept some very distant tabs on this little girl just to be sure she was ok. Since the baby girl was born outside of the county that the original CPS case took place, she automatically went to dad.
So after 5 years of being foster parents, after our boys have gone home (big hooray for their mom doing an awesome job), we decided to finally close our home - we are no longer a licensed foster home. For the past few months we have been planning family events, booked a cruise, bought tickets to the Polar Express train ride, planning an international trip...everything we had waited to do once our family had settled - then the phone rang. "This is CPS, I'm calling about your daughter's sibling...". My heart just dropped and my eyes filled up with tears. I was in the middle of working and my whole world just stopped. I suppose we should have been prepared, but deep down I had really hoped that people who have been given 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) chances will do what's right for their babies. Over the next few hours we determined that our house was indeed no longer licensed but we had another option - kinship placement. I explained to CPS that we would do whatever we have to do to get these girls together. They deserve to have each other to do life with. I know A is a great kid and we are a very strong and loving family, but one day she will ask questions. I would love to have a sibling for her to go down that journey with. Someone who understands and is her flesh and blood. CPS explained that Chase and I will need to be in court at the 14 day hearing - front and center. I have no idea what to expect at that hearing, but we are pretty used to that. Every court date for A was a mystery - we never knew if our case was even going to be called. I'm not anxious right now, I'm hopeful.
The baby girl is currently placed with a local family who is aware that we exist. It's a matter of where this goes from here. In the mean time, I am asking for your prayers. Prayers that whatever happens is in the best interest of this little girl. Prayers that what she has endured over the past 2 years will not inbed itself in her being and that with love and protection she will flourish. Prayers over our travels back and forth as we attend court hearings. Prayers for A as she would really like to have a "baby sister that walks" haha! I'll update as soon as I have more information.
Here we go again...