Wednesday, June 15, 2011
For his good-bye party, our former foster son "Music Man" wanted to go to Pirate's Cove. We'd never been there before, but it was fairly inexpensive, so when his caseworker called and told us he'd asked if we would come, we agreed. All of the support staff from his case, his GAL, CASA, caseworker, birth mom, and former foster families were supposed to come.
The week that he was supposed to leave things went very badly in the home he was in, so we got the call that they wanted to place him with us again. They had to get a waiver to allow us to have over the 8 child limit since our house was already full. He stayed with us that week, and we transported him back and forth to visits every day with his birth mom. That Wednesday we took him to Pirate's Cove and met up with his other former foster family. Everyone from the county involved in his case had canceled, and so had his birth mom who had given birth again just a couple of weeks before.
We all had a good time, but got horribly sunburned. I forgot to put sunscreen on the tops of my feet. We brought our babysitter, Sarah, with us so that she could watch the kids for the last couple of hours they were there. Meanwhile, Daniel and I had to leave early to go to an adoption match party down in the Springs. We'd never been to one before, but were hoping to meet the caseworker for some kids we were interested in. They told us to go to the next party at White Fence Farms and they would bring the kids for us to meet.
Shane and Kevin got so burnt on their backs and chests because they don't normally go outside without shirts on. We let them run around shirtless in the house for three days afterwards while I constantly reapplied aloe. They loved the freedom, I think, because Shane has repeatedly asked if he could go shirtless again.