Morris and Michelle’s Story

Morris and Michelle’s Story


[soft piano music] (Michelle)
Making change in our life has been happening
for five years. We were empty nesters
when our grandson Resean came to live with us
as guardians. We were frustrated
but happy for Resean. Morris and I had to learn how to
get back into the parenting role and everyday routines
as caregivers all over again. (Morris)
Again, in 2015, our first granddaughter
made her entrance into the family. I got a frantic call
from my daughter that the Department
of Human Services was coming to the hospital. Waiting quietly
in the waiting room, I was asked to come
into the room to figure out the next plan
for baby Dural. (Michelle)
We felt like we were walking into the unknown. I was nervous as to what was
happening with my daughter. As a service provider, I
knew what might be happening, but this time
it was my daughter. The family came
to live with us as supervised caregivers
of baby Dural. Shortly after the hearing, Dural went to live
with a family placement until Morris and I
got certified. This made us very angry. (Morris)
It was a lengthy process, but Dural was worth it. Our certifier was very helpful
through the state’s process. Eventually our little Dural
came to live with us full time, which again was
a life-changing moment. We had plenty of support from my
immediate family members, giving us respite when we
needed some personal time. Dural’s parents
had a liberal visiting schedule, because we were the grandparents and open to the children
seeing them. During this time, they were
able to come to family events and camping trips with us. (Michelle)
Moving forward, we are now in the process
of adoption for Dural. It’s been two years, and the state wants a more
concrete plan for her. We are hoping for a quick
transition for Dural, because our goal is to make
sure Resean and Dural are raised together
as siblings and have a strong
connection together. Morris and I understand the
connection between siblings. We want these two children
to have a strong bond and know the importance of
sister-and-brother love. ♪ [end]

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