The last couple of days I’ve really been feeling pretty buried by all the hurt.
The hurt of Jae in all of this, the hurt of Zee causing his physical aggression, the hurt of them being temporarily separated, the hurt of not having Zee here, the hurt of the boys’ fear of the future, the hurt of knowing Jae will be leaving, the hurt of the unknown.
The hurt of feeling so helpless. I just want to make it better. There is a clawing at my heart that makes me feel physically ill.
I was wracking my brain all day yesterday trying to come up with some service to implement, some intervention that would help Zee’s physical aggression. Something that would make it possible for him to stay here. That would ensure that his physical aggression would not get even worse.
And I just keep coming back to the same thing -
It’s just not safe. It is not safe for him to be here while he is struggling with the physical aggression that has brought us to this hard place. I don’t feel that it would be safe for me to be home alone with him and Sylvia when he was really angry. And I think it is going to escalate.
They’ve found a home that is only 30 minutes away from their hometown, where their siblings are placed. I don’t think that they will try to put them all four together for the time being – it’s just asking for disruption. The boys will go for a pre-placement visit Friday through Saturday, and if it goes well, will probably move next week.
We’ve always said that we wouldn’t ask a child to leave our home unless it wasn’t safe for them to be there. We know the effects that disruption has on kids – so we decided that we wouldn’t do it unless there were really no choice. I just never really thought we’d get there - where there was no choice, where it wasn’t safe.
Please pray for the boys. Pray for their angry hearts. Pray for their healing. Pray for their caseworker (whew, that’s almost hard for me to type. terrible of me.).
Pray for their parents. Maybe a miraculous turnaround – cause goodness knows that if it is safe – we pray that they go home.