I really like Little Man and Baby Girl’s new social worker! She is awesome! She is very professional, extremely prepared, and has great communication skills. She keeps us up to date on what is going on with the case and she really is in this for the kids!
The last time we had a family visit at the DRH office, we had to wait a while and so the babies and I checked out the “visiting rooms” to try and find something to keep them busy while we waited. The room was nice enough and very clean, it had a private bathroom that was very clean as well, but the room was lacking “fun” age appropriate books and movies for the kids. Our new social worker told us she was sorry for the lack of things to do and that they used to have some nice movies, but that “things seem to just walk away.” I got the hint. They have a theft problem. How sad is that?!?
So, I got this crazy idea in my head! How about we put together a gift basket full of age appropriate books and movies for the DHR visiting room? I could just ask around to see if friends and family had books or movies that they would be willing to donate. The response was amazing! Immediately, we had gathered a DVD/VCR combo player, tons of DVDs and VHS movies, and lots and lots of really nice books!
My sister-in-law and I got busy with my label maker and labeled every single item. For the movies, we even labeled the movies and their cases. We’re hoping that these items will bring smiles and entertainment to children as they wait. Some will be waiting to see family members, others will be waiting to be taken to new foster homes, and still others will have to sit and wait while adults decide their future because they are still too young to have a say, but are old enough to know what is going on. My hope is that maybe for a few minutes, these books and movies will transport these children back to childhood, where they belong. Back to far away lands, fairytales and castles. Back to singing, dancing, and make-believe. Back to childhood.