Friday, December 29, 2006

Jackie is here

It is nice to have her here -- even if she has locked herself away in the guest room to talk on her phone.

Every now and then I notice that I am the only female who lives here, and I really do like Jackie.

One of the first things she said to me was, "I turn 18 in 5 months."

I asked her, "And then what?"

"Then I can come visit you all the time."

I don't know if she is trying to work around asking if she can live here. Mandy and her husband are planning on retiring from doing care. They are moving out of the state. Last I heard they were inviting her to go with them. I'll have to find out for sure.

I don't know much about her situation. I know she has contact with her mother, who lives in another state. I know her father has died and she does not have a relationship with his family.

I spoke before on this blog about the whole emancipation thing. It's a mess.


  1. process7:37 AM

    It strikes me that this is how you first got into doing foster care--by liking a kid who needed it. I think I'm correct also in thinking that of the three foster boys, you still feel closest to Carl, that first one? (I may be totally wrong about that; I apologize if I am). I'm asking because I'm thinking about the best one for me to do foster care and I wonder if the best way is to already like a kid who needs care. Since I'm a CPS social worker, this could easily happen for me. But then I think, what if I don't like the kid after awhile???

  2. It is an important question, because you won't like them after a while. But then, you will like them again.

    Liking them is a great way to start, it helps build a foundation for what comes later.

    I don't have a good email for you, I don't think anyway, so I am going to pop over to your blog.


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