In July of 2014, we started classes to become licensed foster parents and then received our license in September of 2014. We received calls about children, but nothing seemed to work out for one reason or another. We then received a call about a sibling group of three in early December. My placement specialist said, "Do you remember the group that I had mentioned a couple of months ago? The case worker is seriously looking for pre-adoptive homes. I told her you were interested." We had never heard a word about these three kids and had no idea what the specialist was talking about, but we trusted God's plan. A few weeks later, we received a call asking us to attend an interview regarding the children's placement.
We attended the interview and felt confident that God's plan was to place the children in our home. A couple of weeks later we received a call that we had been chosen as the children's preadoptive placement and that the kids would be placed in within the next two weeks.
The day for placement arrived and we made the hour drive to pick up the kiddos. When we arrived the caseworker stated that plans had been postponed and the kids future was in limbo. We were heartbroken and in shock all at the same time.
We struggled through the Christmas holiday. A couple of weeks after Christmas we received word that a placement hearing was scheduled. By this time, we had already scheduled another interview for another sibling group. We had to decide which route to take. After much discussion, we decided to attend the court hearing. One day before court we received a call for a sibling group of two. The case worker was very interested in us and wanted us to call as soon as court ended to let her know if we were still a potential placement.
We got to court and our placement worker immediately mentioned the two kids. She did not have confidence that the three kids would be placed with us due to possible kinship placement. During the court hearing everything took a turn and the judge placed the kiddos with us specifically.
We met the kids four days later and they were placed in our home within a three weeks. From that day our life has been a roller coaster of ups and downs. I have cried and laughed this year more than I ever have. Through it all we know that our valiant knight, beautiful butterfly, and little peanut were placed in our home under a divine plan. It is good for me to focus on that truth through the struggles. God is in CONTROL and He has a PLAN. He put our names in a caseworker's ear that we had never heard of and then led a judge to place them in our home against all odds. Now I know exactly why. Maybe our kiddos will share the reason with you someday. The rest is their story to tell.
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