Mike’s mom spent last night with us, so I had some help the last couple days. Last night went pretty well, except I made a sleepyhead error which resulted in me getting less sleep than I would have had I been thinking more clearly. When V woke up at 1:30 am after going to sleep at 9:30, I thought it had only been 3 hours and let S sleep, thinking she might sleep 2 or even 3 more hours. But of course it had actually been 4 hours, and S then woke up an hour later, just shortly after I got back to a relatively deep sleep after V’s feeding. Then they both woke up to eat again at 4:30, only 2 hours after S’s last feeding. Luckily, Mike’s mom was able to take them from me and feed them at around 8:00 am, so I could try to catch up on a little sleep.
Both of the last two days I had visits from DCFS social workers. We have so many social workers coming to visit! Due to a recent tragic death of a child in a FFA home in the county, DCFS is reviewing home safety issues for all homes with foster kids certified by FFAs. (FFAs are Foster Family Agencies, private agencies that facilitate approval of foster parents for DCFS and placement and supervision of foster kids with foster families. You can become a foster parent without an FFA, but I don’t recommend it.) Anyhow, last week our DCFS foster care worker had to come out and check our home for compliance with a checklist of stuff. But that social worker was just finishing up transferring the case to a new social worker, so the new social worker came yesterday to meet the girls and talk with me. Today the DCFS adoption social worker came to do the same checklist with us, apparently because the DCFS adoption people don’t trust that the DCFS foster people are doing the checklist properly or something. In any case, we passed both checklists with flying colors.
Tomorrow, we were supposed to have to drive to our FFA for a visit with the girls’ birth mother (amusingly referred to as their BM by our FFA social worker.) But she’s required to call by 5:00 pm the day before the visit to confirm for the following day, which she failed to do! She later called to tell me that she had to cancel the visit because she was ill and didn’t want to get the babies sick. But anytime she misses her visits, for whatever reasons, is good news for us, because missed visits really hurt her chances of ever getting the babies back.
Our FFA social worker has to see the girls once a week, so since the visit was cancelled, he is going to come see us tomorrow instead. That means 3 days in a row we’ll have had visits from social workers! These girls are sure being well monitored.