Solid Of Characters
Cherub Mamma (me): Sleep deprived, work-at-home mom making an attempt to juggle the needs of all of the members of the home whereas additionally attempting to not eat a lot chocolate.
Mr. Wonderful is the great man that I have been married to for 24 years. He’s a terrific husband and an amazing father to all of our children. Our marriage is one thing I’m thankful for on daily basis of my life.
Cherub 1 (AKA Herman): 21 12 months previous boy. Wonderful son of mine that’s slowly turning into a mature grownup (key phrase = slowly)! One second he’s mature, accountable and a contributing member of society. Then, in the following second, I am scared to loss of life for his future and i feel like a failure of a parent. Herman is a kind and compassionate child who is a wonderful massive brother. Herman has ADHD and depression that is comparatively nicely managed. He lives at house and is attending trade school to become an automotive mechanic.
Cherub 2 (AKA TT): 14 year previous boy. TT is extremely insightful for his age. He seems at life differently than most. He’s lively and rambunctious. He’s additionally 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): 13 yr previous boy. Talks greater than anyone you will ever meet. Is the happiest little one I’ve ever identified..besides when he is ticked off. Bart is very positive and has an outlook on life that many on this planet would profit from in the event that they may very well be a little like him. (In keeping with my mom we should always all #LiveLifeLikeBart.) Bart seems to seek out joy in the smallest of things. He additionally has vital ADHD (heavy on the “H”) and keeps me on my toes!!
(January 18, 2017 – November 30, 2017)
Whiz: Whiz was 18 months old when he got here. He is tremendous good..my Whiz Child! He is spent most of his life in foster care. Whiz was placed at or near start together with his first foster family. He was reunified with each his parents in November 2016. Sadly, circumstances changed and Whiz had to enter Care once more. I used to be instructed that his first foster household could not take him again – though I wasn’t given much of a purpose why.
Rex: sibling to Whiz and virtually exactly 11 months youthful than him. Each boys keep me hopping! That is Rex’s first go-spherical in foster care. When he was born, even though his older brother was in Care, Rex went dwelling together with his mother and father.
These boys introduced a mix of developmental delay on account of (undiagnosed) FASD. They had been positioned with their paternal aunt and uncle who stay in California. Auntie Carla and Uncle N are wonderful! I keep in touch with AC on Facebook and see common pictures and videos of the boys. They transitioned nicely and proceed to thrive.
(April 6, 2015 – August 1, 2016) Russell and Star got their permanency with Russell’s paternal grandmother and her household. This relative placement didn’t cross their residence research the primary time around. And sadly, most of the concerns that CPS had weren’t “really” addressed at all. The youngsters have been moved after a court listening to. 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 Fb pals with their mother although, so I do see occasional pictures as she still has restricted contact with the children.
Russell: This bundle of child was 20 months outdated when he arrived. Sadly, he has seen lots of abuse (15 fractures) and neglect in his brief little life. Russell has Down syndrome and likewise came with the prognosis of Failure to Thrive (he weighed lower than 10 pounds as of February 2015). Russell is an extremely completely satisfied child and is tremendous simple to care for!! He is making terrific progress within the Crazy Home. He’s growing tall, gaining weight, and learning to do all the things infants should be capable of do.
Russell has two sisters as effectively. His massive 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 lady, born April 15, 2015. Half-sister to Russell. To the better of my data, Star was never bodily harmed earlier than coming to stay with us..though somebody did name the Hotline to report abuse. She lived with an aunt for one week after removal from Mom. That placement fizzled out and she got here to reside with us. She is gorgeous and creating simply as a perfect infant ought to.
(January 26, 2015 – March 2, 2015)
The Neverland Youngsters stayed such a short time because respite homes couldn’t be discovered when my father abruptly handed away. I wanted to make an urgent trip across the country and CPS insisted that I disrupt vs. respite care and return to me. It was not my selection to disrupt but I needed to be there for my endlessly family!
Captain: 5 year old boy. Oldest of a large sibling group (not all placed with us) including Pirate and Tinkerbell. He suffered a horrific trauma and we’re all just getting to know each other.
Pirate: 3 yr old boy. Speaks a mix of English, Spanish and gibberish. Positively wants speech therapy. He is very active and so far needs a number of redirection.
Tinkerbell: Thirteen month outdated little lady. Good child in every method if you do not factor in the horrific trauma she was part of. She has seen issues that if I noticed would make me a shell of a human being for a protracted, long time.
(December 2013 – October 2014)
Daisy: Came to me at 7 months outdated and left the day earlier than her 17 month previous “birthday”. Daisy is a going from long hair to short victim of Shaken Baby Syndrome. Caring for Daisy involved lots of work with specialists and therapists for PT, OT, ST and vision. When she left she functioned at about the developmental age of 8-12 months. (She was studying to walk however couldn’t self-feed effectively at all and had almost no language.) Daisy went residence to her mother, Kori. I pray daily that Kori is able to fulfill 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 in a position to get enough proof that Kori was allowing contact between Daisy and her abuser. Sadly, my house was full with the Neverland Kids and I couldn’t welcome Daisy back. My agency also would not let me disrupt the Neverland Children to take Daisy (as my relationship with Daisy had been for much longer and so few homes are capable of assembly Daisy’s medical needs). The Flower Girls initially went to a shelter. I used to be given no details about their new foster home when they were lastly placed a number of days later.
After being in foster care for a while, the case with the Flower Girls was closed. Daisy and Dandelion have been positioned permanently with a paternal aunt. I stopped speaking with Kori when this happened. It was a natural going from long hair to short break in our relationship.
After CPS fully closed the case, the paternal aunt that had been granted custody gave the girls back to Mother & Dad (illegally).
Daisy is now back in foster care because Dandelion was murdered (shaken/overwhelmed to loss of life) on Could 3, 2016. I have little or no data on this case as it’s in Central Texas – where Mom & Dad had moved. I’m over 5 hours away and wasn’t thought of for placement of Daisy.
Daisy almost came again to dwell with us again throughout the summer time of 2017. For reasons that were never explained to me, and despite evidence that her present fictive-kin placement was allowing contact with Mom, Daisy remained the place she’s at. It’s sophisticated, however Daisy lives with Mother’s legal husband (she never officially divorced the father of her first two children – this man is not Daisy’s father). Kori and Daisy’s dad have both relinquished their parental rights. Each parents, guilty of the death of Dandelion, are nonetheless in the midst of the criminal trials and sentencing.
(May 30, 2014 – June 20, 2014)
Wispy: 20 month outdated little boy (when he was with us) who is tall and skinny and has stunning, blond, wispy hair. He arrived on a Friday night time as a result of his present foster family was in need of emergency respite care. He was supposed to remain three nights. The situation changed although and his first foster family is no longer going to foster. After much prayer, Mr. Superb and that i decided to make our house his dwelling so he wouldn’t have to move once more and find yet one more mommy in his life. CPS thought in another way although and in order to make their paperwork easier, they moved him away from us back to his residence county.
(December 2013 – Might 2014)
Ricky: Got here to me at age sixteen and left six months later at age 17. He’s a sufferer of The System and – severely – did not have to be in formal foster care. However because of the courts and issues that happened past anyone’s (besides the decide’s) real management, he was with us as a substitute of along with his godmother. On the hearing in May 2014, the choose finally saw cause when CPS couldn’t give a great purpose for him to not be 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 group, and will be a senior 2015-2016 in high school. We still see Ricky continuously and he and Herman are good associates.
(June 2011 to Sept. 2013)
A lot was written about these two great children. Our hopes of intervening of their case and finally adopting them were dashed in September 2013. The children dwell with their grandmother in a situation that was by no means proven to be secure. — as of October 2014, these cherubs are still in foster care with their grandmother. She has not been given full custody yet. I pray for them often. — as of December 2015, the case has been closed. They nonetheless dwell with their grandmother. But she is in poor health (with most cancers). I’ve heard that she wants to ship the children back to foster care but to the better of my knowledge, that hasn’t occurred yet.
Dolly: Came to me at 3 1/2 and left the day before she turned 6. Sister to Dude. Gorgeous little girl 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 outdated and was 7 when she left. Pumpkin was simple 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 particular education. After much useless waiting and System screw ups, Pumpkin was finally positioned with a really loving aunt and uncle.
(Sept. to Nov. 2010)
MissArguePants: 8 year old (at the time) foster daughter. Textbook case of PTSD, ODD, anxiety and attachment disorder. Made life very fascinating!
TurtleTurtle: 9 yr previous (at the time) foster daughter. Diagnosed with PTSD, anxiety, depression and more. Also made for an attention-grabbing parenting experience!
— MissArguePants and TurtleTurtle left our dwelling after boundaries have been crossed that threatened the security of our ceaselessly children.
Mr. Wonky: not an actual particular person, but quite a state of dysregulation. Mr. Wonky “visits” our dwelling frequently.