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Old 07-21-2016, 09:21 AM
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Brian you and your family are outstanding,i am so proud of you all and wish i was closer to shake your hand.

I am really lost for words knowing you have been through so much yet you give way much more than most.

Thanks Brian you make mankind worth fighting for.

I do not say this lightly ...our dear friend Big Al will be looking down and smiling ...he was just like you and gave so much with no interest in personal reward ,maybe he is your guiding Angel i would like to think so as i know he for sure he still guides me in his posts and legacy he left behind,i really do miss him,this thread is in the perfect place.:flowers :
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Brian you and your family are outstanding,i am so proud of you all and wish i was closer to shake your hand.

I am really lost for words knowing you have been through so much yet you give way much more than most.

Thanks Brian you make mankind worth fighting for.

I do not say this lightly ...our dear friend Big Al will be looking down and smiling ...he was just like you and gave so much with no interest in personal reward ,maybe he is your guiding Angel i would like to think so as i know he for sure he still guides me in his posts and legacy he left behind,i really do miss him,this thread is in the perfect place.:flowers :
Couldn't have said it any better myself.

Brian, thanks to you and your family!

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We just figured that we would do our part to make a difference even if it's just giving one child a chance who would otherwise not have someone to turn to.

Really though. This sort of stems from a selfish reason if you would like to know. Since I had the ole snip job a few years ago and my wife is also fixed we can't have children of our own. So the next best thing for us is to offer a home to another child in need.

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We got the official word that our foster daughter will be returning home in the morning. This is the hard part. We knew that this day would come but it doesn't make it any easier. In the six months that she's been with us we have all become very attached. She has become a good friend to our children. It's difficult knowing that tomorrow morning may be the last time we see her. I never imagined this being so hard. Now I can truly understand what the foster children and foster parents go through that I have worked with over the years.

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We got the official word that our foster daughter will be returning home in the morning. This is the hard part. We knew that this day would come but it doesn't make it any easier. In the six months that she's been with us we have all become very attached. She has become a good friend to our children. It's difficult knowing that tomorrow morning may be the last time we see her. I never imagined this being so hard. Now I can truly understand what the foster children and foster parents go through that I have worked with over the years.

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You just made me and my wife cry ....thanks for cocking up our evening (we were acting stupid due to being alone lol).....we as a family send our love and best wishes for the childs future and thanks to your family for the support you have given the child.
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Thanks. I know that it will be hard seeing her off tomorrow. We have truly become attached and consider her a part of the family. This week was especially difficult. We knew that there was the possibility that she'd be going back for some time but couldn't say anything to her about it. Which is why we made the effort to take the kids to the waterfront for a supper picnic. Every Wednesday there's live entertainment there throughout the summer. It's free. So why not. The kids had fun playing on the playground, listening to music, having ice cream, and running around in the splash pad. We just wanted to make her last few days with us special.


As they say though. One door closes and another one opens. Tomorrow afternoon my wife and I are having a telephone conference with an adoption agency regarding a potential adoptable 9 year old girl who sounds very similar to our daughter. We'll see how it goes.

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My wife was at work so I had to send her off by myself this morning. It was hard to say the least knowing that we may never see her again.

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Believe it or not she's (middle girl) only 3 months older than our six year old son. Our daughter is 9 and was just starting to get her hand me down clothes.

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The difficult day you have had Brian as made me question the choices i make in life and thanks for that as i really did need a wake up call.

The impact you had on that young life will never be forgot,i will always carry it with it.

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This is the tough part sitting at home and always wondering how she's doing. Whether she's being fed. Put to bed at a decent time. Etc. When she came to us the school reported frequently that she would be falling asleep in class from staying up way late (3am) taking care of her mother who was stoned on crack. At least she's not with her mother now. Hopefully her dad steps up and continues to take responsibility.

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Things have been slow with the agency we were signed up with which is a good thing. So we got the idea that since its looking less likely every day that I'll ever be able to return to work there even on modified duties, my wife contacted them and explained the situation that we are trained foster parents. Normally you can't foster for them if you work there. Considering the situation they bent some rules and have allowed us to become foster parents for their agency. It was a little odd having one of my coworkers come by today to give us a run through on some paperwork required. At least I'll still be doing my part to help a couple kids who need the help.
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You are about to undertake a great journey. No doubt it is a good and decent thing to do. Before you commit look at the genetics involved if at all possible.. I have relatives who have adopted and raised marvelous children with very little problems.
I also have relatives who adopted two kids and both were disasters for the family, themselves, and the community. Genetics makes a difference, whether it's corn, dogs, or people.
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Thanks. I'm fully aware of the issues some of these kids have. For the mostpart they are just kids. Brown or white. Doesn't matter. Kids are kids. There are some pretty messed up white kids out there too.
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I wasn't referring to race at all. If you can learn something of the children's family history and general traits it can often be revealing.
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Wouldn't you know it. We went six months without a call from the original agency we signed up with then as soon as we are nearly done the process of signing on with the agency I worked for prior to the accident and we start getting calls. The first two weren't a good fit for our family. Last week we got the call we have been waiting for.
We had a 10 yr old girl come for a visit on Tuesday. She is moving in tomorrow. This will most likely be a long term placement as she's been involved with the system for a number of years already. All family has been explored and her parents are not in the picture. She has 2 older sisters as well. It's sad we can't take all 3 but we're already working on ways to get them together as much as possible.

Looking down the road at a crystal ball, if things fall as they probably will, there's a good chance that the two younger sisters will be adoptable. No matter what happens she will be welcomed into our home and treated no different than our own children for however long she is with us.

We are still completing the process of signing on with the other agency as we still have room for one boy.
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This is our new addition to the family. She'll be with us long term.
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We now have 6, count em, 6 children living in our home. We took in a 7 year old boy yesterday. After 3 it's basically another plate on the table. Lol. Not much more work.
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We now have 6, count em, 6 children living in our home. We took in a 7 year old boy yesterday. After 3 it's basically another plate on the table. Lol. Not much more work.
You are way better than me. I don't think I could do it. But I applaud you for your charity, which obviously begins at home. You are making a difference in the lives of these kids and potentially saving them from a bad childhood while at the same time giving them a direction for their futures.
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That's what it's about. I loved my job. Was very pationate about helping foster kids. Since my accident it's become apparent that I may never be able to work in that field again so what better way to still be involved than to open our home to kids who need a safe place to lay their head.
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