Saying goodbye is the #1 reason that people list for not being able to become foster parents.
And I get it. I’ve been through only one goodbye…and five months later I’m still reeling. I didn’t think that it would actually be as hard as it has been. It’s been hard in all the ways that I expected, and hard in so many ways that I haven’t expected as well.
However…I have said it over and over and over again:
It was so worth it.
Nothing about how hard it has been has made me re-consider. Nothing about it has brought me regrets. Nothing about it has made me want to quit.
It’s so, so worth it. Because Little Miss is thriving. She was in our care for nine months, and we gave her our all. And even though she will never remember us, we had a huge impact on her life.
And we will continue to do the same for more foster children. Sure, maybe it takes us a few months off so that we can recover emotionally from a painful goodbye…but it’s so worth it.
Instead of writing more and more about it, I’ll just link three of the blog posts that I wrote this past summer as we went through the difficult goodbye.
If you have any questions at all about foster care or adoption from foster care as I go through this series, please don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave a comment or send an email. At the end of the series, I will have a Q&A day and will be answering any questions I receive throughout the month.
Day 1: Introduction
Day 2: Meet the Hines
Day 3: Shop Feature: Karla Storey
Day 4: Why We Chose to Foster
Day 5: The Process
Day 6: The Cast of Characters
Day 7: The Paperwork
Day 8: The Goal is Reunification
Day 9: Reflections
Day 10: Shop Feature: Ransomed Cuffs
Day 11: The Placement
Day 12: The Daily Life
Day 13: The Extra’s
Day 14: Bonding
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