Solid Of Characters
Cherub Mamma (me): Sleep deprived, work-at-dwelling mom attempting to juggle the needs of all of the members of the home while also attempting to not eat too much chocolate.
Mr. Amazing is the wonderful man that I have been married to for 24 years. He is a terrific husband and a tremendous father to all of our kids. Our marriage is one thing I’m thankful for on daily basis of my life.
Cherub 1 (AKA Herman): 21 12 months old boy. Amazing son of mine that is slowly changing into a mature grownup (key phrase = slowly)! One second he is mature, responsible and a contributing member of society. Then, in the subsequent second, I’m scared to demise for his future and that i feel like a failure of a dad or mum. Herman is a kind and compassionate child who is an excellent large brother. Herman has ADHD and depression that is comparatively properly managed. He lives at dwelling and is attending commerce school to change into an automotive mechanic.
Cherub 2 (AKA TT): 14 12 months outdated boy. TT is extremely insightful for his age. He appears to be like at life in a different way than most. He is lively and rambunctious. He’s also my favorite cuddle bug. TT was our first foster placement ever when we fostered in Iowa. He was adopted at birth. TT struggles significantly with anxiety and is diagnosed with dyslexia.
Cherub three (AKA Bart): Thirteen yr outdated boy. Talks greater than anyone you will ever meet. Is the happiest baby I’ve ever recognized..besides when he’s ticked off. Bart is very positive and has an outlook on life that many on the planet would benefit from in the event that they may very well be just a little like him. (In line with my mother we must always all #LiveLifeLikeBart.) Bart seems to search out joy within the smallest of issues. He additionally has significant ADHD (heavy on the “H”) and retains me on my toes!!
(January 18, 2017 – November 30, 2017)
Whiz: Whiz was 18 months outdated when he came. He is super sensible..my Whiz Child! He’s spent most of his life in foster care. Whiz was placed at or close to birth with his first foster family. He was reunified with each his mother and father in November 2016. Sadly, circumstances modified and Whiz needed to enter Care once more. I was instructed that his first foster household couldn’t take him back – although I wasn’t given a lot of a reason why.
Rex: sibling to Whiz and almost exactly eleven months youthful than him. Each boys keep me hopping! This is Rex’s first go-spherical in foster care. When he was born, even supposing his older brother was in Care, Rex went dwelling with his dad and mom.
These boys brought a mix of developmental delay due to (undiagnosed) FASD. They had been placed with their paternal aunt and uncle who reside in California. Auntie Carla and Uncle N are amazing! I stay in contact with AC on Facebook and see regular photos and movies of the boys. They transitioned properly and proceed to thrive.
(April 6, 2015 – August 1, 2016) Russell and Star received their permanency with Russell’s paternal grandmother and her household. This relative placement did not go their house study the primary time round. And sadly, most of the considerations that CPS had weren’t “actually” addressed in any respect. The kids had been moved after a court docket hearing. We had been given about four hours to pack their belongings and to say goodbye. The grandparents severed all ties with me instantly. I am Facebook mates with their mother although, so I do see occasional footage as she nonetheless has restricted contact with the kids.
Russell: This bundle of baby was 20 months previous when he arrived. Sadly, he has seen lots of abuse (15 fractures) and neglect in his brief little life. Russell has Down syndrome and in addition got here with the analysis of Failure to Thrive (he weighed lower than 10 pounds as of February 2015). Russell is an incredibly glad child and is super simple to care for!! He’s making terrific progress within the Loopy Home. He is rising tall, gaining weight, and studying to do all the things infants should have the ability to do.
Russell has two sisters as nicely. His large sister, Violet, is three years outdated. She is in a kinship placement for the time being. His little sister, Star, lives with us.
(June 18, 2015 – August 1, 2016)
Star: Infant woman, born April 15, 2015. Half-sister to Russell. To the best of my information, Star was by no means bodily harmed before coming to dwell with us..although someone did name the Hotline to report abuse. She lived with an aunt for one week after removal from Mother. That placement fizzled out and she got here to stay with us. She is gorgeous and growing simply as a perfect infant should.
(January 26, 2015 – March 2, 2015)
The Neverland Children stayed such a short while as a result of respite houses couldn’t be found when my father abruptly handed away. I wanted to make an pressing trip throughout the nation and CPS insisted that I disrupt vs. respite care and return to me. It was not my selection to disrupt however I had to be there for my eternally household!
Captain: 5 12 months old boy. Oldest of a large sibling group (not all placed with us) together with Pirate and Tinkerbell. He suffered a horrific trauma and we’re all simply attending to know one another.
Pirate: 3 12 months previous boy. Speaks a mix of English, Spanish and gibberish. Undoubtedly wants speech therapy. He is very active and so far wants a number of redirection.
Tinkerbell: Thirteen month outdated little lady. Good baby in each manner if you don’t factor within the horrific trauma she was a part of. She has seen things that if I noticed would make me a shell of a human being for a protracted, very long time.
(December 2013 – October 2014)
Daisy: Got here to me at 7 months outdated and left the day before her 17 month outdated “birthday”. Daisy is a sufferer of Shaken Child Syndrome. Caring for Daisy involved heaps of work with specialists and therapists for PT, OT, ST and vision. When she left she functioned at concerning the developmental age of 8-12 months. (She was learning to walk however could not self-feed properly in any respect and had virtually no language.) Daisy went house to her mom, Kori. I pray each day that Kori is able to meet all of Daisy’s needs and that she is able to protect Daisy from future abuse.
Daisy came again in to foster care February 24, 2015 along together with her newborn sister, Dandelion. CPS was finally capable of get sufficient evidence that Kori was allowing contact between Daisy and her abuser. Sadly, my house was full with the Neverland Children and I couldn’t welcome Daisy back. My agency additionally wouldn’t let me disrupt the Neverland Children to take Daisy (as my relationship with Daisy had been for much longer and so few houses are able to meeting Daisy’s medical needs). The Flower Girls initially went to a shelter. I was given no information about their new foster home when they had been finally positioned several days later.
After being in foster care for a while, the case with the Flower Ladies was closed. Daisy and Dandelion had been placed permanently with a paternal aunt. I stopped communicating with Kori when this occurred. It was a natural break in our relationship.
After CPS completely closed the case, the paternal aunt that had been granted custody gave the women again to Mom & Dad (illegally).
Daisy is now again in foster care as a result of Dandelion was murdered (shaken/crushed to demise) on Could 3, 2016. I have very little data on this case as it is in Central Texas – where Mom & Dad had moved. I’m over 5 hours away and wasn’t thought-about for placement of Daisy.
Daisy nearly got here back to reside with us once more in the course of the summer of 2017. For causes that had been never defined to me, and despite evidence that her current fictive-kin placement was allowing contact with Mother, Daisy remained the place she’s at. It is complicated, however Daisy lives with Mother’s legal husband (she never officially divorced the father of her first two children – this man isn’t Daisy’s father). Kori and Daisy’s dad have both relinquished their parental rights. Both mother and father, responsible of the dying of Dandelion, are still in the course of the criminal trials and sentencing.
(Might 30, 2014 – June 20, 2014)
Wispy: 20 month previous little boy (when he was with us) who is tall and thin and has stunning, blond, wispy hair. He arrived on a Friday night as a result of his present foster household was in need of emergency respite care. He was supposed to stay three nights. The situation modified although and his first foster family is now not going to foster. After much prayer, Mr. Superb and i determined to make our home his dwelling so he wouldn’t have to move once more and discover yet another mommy in his life. CPS thought differently although and with the intention to make their paperwork easier, they moved him away from us again to his dwelling county.
(December 2013 – May 2014)
Ricky: Came to me at age sixteen and left six months later at age 17. He is a sufferer of The System and – seriously – didn’t must be in formal foster care. However because of the courts and things that happened past anyone’s (besides the choose’s) real management, he was with us as an alternative of with his godmother. On the hearing in May 2014, the judge lastly noticed purpose when CPS could not give an excellent chinese bang wigs cause for him to not be together with his godmother. Ricky aged out of The System and continues to do fabulously with his godmother. He has a job, is on the dive team, and will be a senior 2015-2016 in highschool. We still see Ricky steadily and he and Herman are good associates.
(June 2011 to Sept. 2013)
Much was written about these two fantastic kids. Our hopes of intervening in their case and ultimately adopting them had been dashed in September 2013. The children dwell with their grandmother in a state of affairs that was never confirmed to be protected. — as of October 2014, these cherubs are nonetheless in foster care with their grandmother. She has not been given full custody but. I pray for them typically. — as of December 2015, the case has been closed. They still dwell with their grandmother. But she is ailing (with cancer). I’ve heard that she needs to ship the children again to foster care however to the best of my knowledge, that hasn’t happened yet.
Dolly: Came to me at 3 1/2 and left the day before she turned 6. Sister to Dude. Gorgeous little lady that loves babies more than anything. Has a charming smile and a twinkle in her eye.
Dude: Came to me at 2 1/2 and left at age 5. Brother to Dolly. Adorable dimples make his smiles melt my coronary heart.
(Jan. 2, 2011 to Sept. 2, 2011)
(Sept. 13, 2011 to Sept. 21, 2012)
Pumpkin Pie: Came to me at 5 1/2 years old and was 7 when she left. Pumpkin was straightforward to care for but was very developmentally delayed. She capabilities around the age 18-24 months. Pumpkin utterly opened my eyes to special wants parenting and the joys (cough cough) of special education. After much unnecessary waiting and System screw ups, Pumpkin was finally placed with a very loving aunt and uncle.
(Sept. to Nov. 2010)
MissArguePants: 8 year previous (at the time) foster daughter. Textbook case of PTSD, ODD, anxiety and attachment disorder. Made life very fascinating!
TurtleTurtle: 9 12 months old (at the time) foster daughter. Diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression and more. Also made for an interesting parenting experience!
— MissArguePants and TurtleTurtle left our home after boundaries have been crossed that threatened the safety of our endlessly children.
Mr. Wonky: not an precise person, but fairly a state of dysregulation. Mr. Wonky “visits” our dwelling frequently.