...Bart's reaction when he found out that
Pumpkin is STILL in foster care.
January 2, 2011
Pumpkin came in to Care and was placed with us.
September 1, 2011
Court was held and Pumpkin was ordered to reunify with her bio mom.
September 2, 2011
Pumpkin went home to her mom.
September 12, 2011
Pumpkin was physically abused by her mother in the doctor's office.
September 13, 2011
Pumpkin came back to my home.
March 18, 2012
Pumpkin's aunt and uncle drove across the state to come meet with me to learn all about Pumpkin. They had expressed an interest in caring for Pumpkin from the very moment she came in to Care. But due to the fact they live many, many hours away, CPS would not seriously consider it and Bio Mom was not in favor of it.
August 22, 2012
Pumpkin's bio mom finally realized she was physically unable to care for Pumpkin. She agreed that it would be OK for Pumpkin to move to El Paso with her aunt and uncle. The court agreed.
September 21, 2012
After a month of waiting, I flew with Pumpkin and her CPS caseworker to finally make the permanent transition of Pumpkin to her aunt and uncle's.
some time in 2013
Pumpkin's biological mother died. (Pumpkin's bio dad is from Mexico and has never been involved in the CPS case at all!)
May 11, 2014
I got a text message from Pumpkin's aunt wishing me a Happy Mother's Day. She sent a lovely picture of Pumpkin and told me they hope to have PMC of Pumpkin on the 30th of this month.
It has been almost 3.5 years from the time Pumpkin came in to Care and she STILL does not have legal permanency! I have to pray that the courts wrap things up at the end of this month. Pumpkin's aunt and uncle deserve financial assistance if they are going to care for Pumpkin for the rest of her life. Pumpkin's aunt said they are still trying to figure that part out.
It makes me sad that they have to fight so hard for what they deserve and that even though Pumpkin doesn't know the difference, she's still in foster care.