Today was a three ring circus at court. The "bad people" showed up - despite everyone being told they were no longer involved with any custody issues.
The girls were sent home with us and will be with us for at least one more month. From there, we'll have to see if the bio family is going to do what they need to do to be able to keep the girls safe.
Incredible feelings of abandonment are running rampant in our house. I kept them home from school all day today. It just didn't make sense to send them to a classroom for two hours on a Friday afternoon after all they had been through in the morning. I'm hoping our evening doesn't completely blow up. Though, they have good reason to lose it. Court was very stressful for them.
The girls do have incentive to use proper coping skills as they process through all the crap. And...so far...so good. Since moving here, they have made friends with a girl across the street. If they can treat everyone at home with respect and not be hurtful to each other, they can continue to have privileges to play at their friend's house or have her come over here. Right now they are out walking the puppy from across the street and having a blast.
Things are good. They have processed some about court and seem OK with what happened. Hopefully this isn't the calm before the storm.