TPR!!!

Today, the judge terminated parental rights for all three children.

Carrot and Zucchini have been in the system for more than three years. Pumpkin for his entire life.

Our trial was delayed twice. Delayed from December to March. Then again from March until May.

Croi and I each testified yesterday. We each cried on the stand.

We got a late start yesterday, and court ran long. I was afraid we would be adjourned until June.

But, the judge fit us in this morning. After feeling constantly scrutinized as a parent, I would have sat there all morning listening to him describe us as “ferocious protectors” “loving” and saying we are, “creating not a house but a home, they only home they have known.” It was one of the most vindicating experiences as a foster parent. I especially loved when he called the adoption of Carrot and Pumpkin a “done deal.”

We don’t have an adoption date yet–and we were cautioned it could still be as long as 6-9 months from now. We fully expect biomom to file an appeal, although we are not worried about it being granted.

Tonight, the kids have their final visit with their biomom.

And, then we toast.

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About EratMama

30 something midwestern gal, married to another 30 something midwestern gal, conquering depression, rockin' foster parent.
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7 Responses to TPR!!!

  1. pepibebe says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful!

  2. alison says:

    “ferocious protectors” – what a wonderful and fitting description!

  3. Caro says:

    This gave me chills and made me a little misty. You have more than earned this day, and all of the compliments paid to you by the judge!

  4. Erika says:

    You two are amazing. We love you and your kiddos.

  5. Melissa says:

    Tears in my eyes! So wonderful!

  6. kershnic says:

    And your babies deserve a home. 🙂 How exciting to finally see progress.

  7. wishinghopingpraying says:

    I am so happy for all of you. Forever is just a few months away!

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