The Arrival of Little ‘June Bug’…….A Cocaine Addicted Foster Infant

There is nothing more precious than baby toes.

There is nothing more precious than baby toes.

Most foster parents who accept babies, at one time or another, will get a call about a child who has complications due to drugs. The birth mother will have taken some type of drug (or a whole plethora of drugs) while she was pregnant, and then what she used will have transferred to her unborn child. The child’s addiction to the substances varies from mild to severe, depending on how long she was using. When the infant finally enter this world, they have to battle that addiction just like any other drug addict…….with shakes and seizures, rigid limbs and intolerance to light, low birth weight and poor feeding habits…….these are just a few of the symptoms these little kiddos will experience. In some cases, a drug such as methadone is prescribed to help lessen the pain and negative effects of withdrawal. Many of these innocent lives will have lifelong reminders from the exposure they endured while in the womb. Hardly a great way to start out in life.

I knew that day would come for us also, if we provided foster care long enough, and today was that day. My husband and I decided right from the start of our foster care journey, that we would let God decide who would enter our lives and ultimately our home. However, we could not knowingly take in children with serious medical conditions or disabilities, because our oldest children would have to take over that child’s care for us in the event of our deaths……..we did not think that was fair to them. With newborns, medical providers cannot always tell us for certain if an infant will develop major problems. So again, we leave all of that up to Him. Trusting Him makes all the difference in the world.

We nicknamed her before we even saw her face, once I found out that she was born on the first of June. My Daddy used to call my sister and I his little ‘June Bugs’, so I thought it would be extra special. She could use a dose of something special under the circumstances.

She is the color of cocoa, with a head full of soft black curls. She is so very tiny, with hardly any meat on her bones, and the word ‘FRAGILE’ immediately comes to mind whenever I look at her little body. Yet, there is a steeliness to her that lets me know that she is a survivor, and that God has made her perfectly for His will.

We do not have many details about her situation, and we do not know if she will be with us for 2 days or 2 years……..we know not to try and think about forever, because each case is totally unique. Sometimes you are praying that the parents or relatives will do all they can to swiftly regain custody of their children, while other times we cannot get the prayers past our lips…….terrified of what returning home will mean for these children. I say it all the time about foster care; it is not for sissies.

Praise God, she does not seem to be in much pain while she goes through withdrawal, but because she was premature and weighed so little at birth, she has feeding issues. I can only coax her into taking one ounce at a time every two hours. Makes for long days and nights with little sleep for her and I, but I feel that I am caring for her as a Servant of Christ, so it makes the work sweet.

Coconut prays with her while she falls asleep in her Moses basket.  He does this a lot, but he doesn't understand why she sleeps so much :-)

Coconut prays with her while she falls asleep in her Moses basket. He does this a lot, but he doesn’t understand why she sleeps so much 🙂

Pray for her if you can, and for all who have been, and will be touched by her sweet little life. June Bug reminds me of a song by MercyMe called, “Won’t You Be My Love”. Right before my husband and I began taking the classes to become foster parents, I had been praying continually for a sign that I was indeed hearing God’s Voice, instructing me to take in children who needed homes. When I heard this particular song for the first time, it was like a concrete confirmation that God was calling my family to offer foster care. The verses of the song that struck me so profoundly then, and even more so now are this:

The other side of the world
She is just a few days old
A helpless little girl
With no family of her own

She is not to blame for the journey she is on
Her life is no mistake
Won’t you lead her to My cross?

The rest of the song is here:

Won’t You Be My Love”

[Verse 1:]
When you fall asleep tonight
In your warm and cozy room
Know that I’m awake
And I’ve got no shelter and no food

[Pre-Chorus 1:]
I am not alone
My friends are broke and lost
Looking for someone to lead them to my cross
I need your help, I need your help

[Chorus 1:]
Won’t you be My voice calling
Won’t you be My hands healing
Won’t you be My feet walking into a broken world
Won’t you be My chain-breaker
Won’t you be My peacemaker
Won’t you be My hope and joy
Won’t you be My Love

[Verse 2:]
The other side of the world
She is just a few days old
A helpless little girl
With no family of her own

[Pre-Chorus 2:]
She is not to blame for the journey she is on
Her life is no mistake
Won’t you lead her to My cross?

[Chorus 1:]
Won’t you be My voice calling
Won’t you be My hands healing
Won’t you be My feet walking into a broken world
Won’t you be My chain-breaker
Won’t you be My peacemaker
Won’t you be My hope and joy
Won’t you be My Love

[Bridge:]
To those I call My own
To those I’ve set aside
As spotless without blame
The chosen ones My bride

[Chorus 2:]
We will be Your voice calling
We will be Your hands healing
We will be Your feet walking into a broken world
We will be Your chain-breaker
We will be Your peacemaker
We will be Your hope and joy
We will be Your love

Stay tuned for updates on the journey of this precious child of God.

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4 responses to “The Arrival of Little ‘June Bug’…….A Cocaine Addicted Foster Infant

  1. you are totally awesome. love your blog and your family. will remember little June Bug tonight in my prayers.

  2. I couldn’t find a way to send you just an email. You commented on my blog and I wanted to comment back! Boy, am I glad you jumped on over to my blog. What a treasure yours is. We have so many things and opinions and journeys in common that I can’t wait to get to know you more! Great to find you in bloggy world!

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