Where we are at in the process
Both bonding assessments have been completed and I finally got the results the other day. It said pretty much what I expected. Choo Choo is comfortable in both environments and would do fine in either placement but that he is more bonded to us. Choo Choo has been visiting with his aunt/uncle for over a year and a half. I would expect him to be comfortable.
Now, we wait for THE court date! At this court hearing (placement hearing) it will be decided. The psychologist will testify as to what she saw and her personal opinion (which was not stated in the report). At this point I would say we and aunt/uncle are on even footing. We have length of time/bonding and they have blood and comfortability. The final decision will be up to the judge that day. I have been told that I may need to get on the stand and testify. I am not looking forward to that part, but I will do whatever it takes. A friend on FB said that he may be fine in either placement, but there is ONE where he will thrive :)
In the next several days 2 friends will be saying goodbye to their long-term placements. They are both believers and have placed these children in His very capable hands, but those mama hearts will be hurting. I don't want to be in their places, but hubby and I are preparing our hearts and believing for a miracle but trusting in God's will at the very same time...whether it hurts or not.
Several friends have been posting this song and it so fits a foster momma's feelings :)