Little June Bug went home with a relative. When I got the word that a relative would be petitioning the court for custody of baby girl, I got busy. Carefully laundering all of her tiny little clothes, selecting which blanket I would send with her, and gathering all of her baby items kept my mind on the task………..the task of letting go.
I took to the computer to finish her Life Book, and I constructed a ‘Cheat Sheet’ full of all the practical information for June Bug’s care, her doctor’s information, etc. Then I called the WIC office to arrange the drop-off of all her unused checks so that the new care-giver could start to receive services (If you are a foster parent of an infant, the child is entitled to WIC checks that provide free formula). At the end of the last day with her, I spent as much time cuddling and loving on her that I could spare…….succeeding in engraving her image on my heart.
I am not sure that this particular foster care reunification even counts toward preparing my family for loosing Goldilocks or Coconut, because June Bug has only been with us for a month and in the end, it was not a sad occasion at all. June Bug’s mother was there (along with the relative that gained custody) and was practically beaming with love and affection. Reunifying my other two foster children with their families will be much more difficult, but June Bug’s case has all of the potential makings for a ‘Happy Ending’.
God blessed us with our first experience of having to give a child back, so I know that He will gently carry us and comfort us through any subsequent reunifications. I must try to find peace with that knowledge, but until then, we will simply continue to enjoy every moment that we have with them………
God Bless Little June Bug!