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11:57 AM on 01/17/2013
That you and your husband saved two lives, Nina's and Rayna's, is an amazing, selfless gift. Not everyone will realize that in their lifetime. ::wipes away tears::
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jgamble28
ya never know.
11:42 AM on 01/17/2013
What a loving story.
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Tava524
Bonafide Queen..
11:32 AM on 01/17/2013
Beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)
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11:26 AM on 01/17/2013
You know I was hesitant to read this when I saw the part about not contacting them anymore in the subtitle. I am glad I finished it. My wife and I have discussed numerous times about fostering but always here about the "drama" faced by some and wondering if we wanted to deal with that. Your article definetly made me feel not just good about your situation but shows what I always tell everyone. " Family is not always blood, it is who is close in your heart and is part of your life." I have an "adopted sister" who has been my best friend for over 13 years, who I met at work and kinda help replace the brother who had passed away.

I feel the same way with fostering, if a parent who is having issues needs help, I am all for it, I would only hope they would work out as well for some as it has for you. You wrote a very touching article and I hope everything continues to work out for you.
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01:03 PM on 01/18/2013
Thank You. I know it does not always work out this well but I feel it is still worth it because you DO make a difference, no matter what. You sounds like you have a great heart, thanks for commenting.
11:04 AM on 01/17/2013
I know this sounds corny but it really does take a village...What a beautiful story.
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aprilnmarcus
10:46 AM on 01/17/2013
This is a beautiful story filled with love and sadness. Brought tears to my eyes bu a smile to my face by the time I had finished reading it.
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10:40 AM on 01/17/2013
What a truly wonderful story. This is what love truly is: putting your emotions aside for the sake of the child. Few people would have been so courageous. This world needs more people like you.

I know the ache/sorrow of seeing a foster child go. When I lived in Africa, I had taken a little girl in. She needed so much support because she had been neglected. She was a delightful child. Unfortunately, we were not able to muck through the red tape and could not keep her. It is eight years later and I still think about her. :(
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01:04 PM on 01/18/2013
My heart goes out to you. Know that you definitely made a difference in that little girl's life, and she will never forget you.
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Savannah5
Happiness and Peace
10:35 AM on 01/17/2013
Not everyone can take this brave journey.
I hope the couple can enjoy their adopted son, Lenny, and continue contact with Nina.
10:32 AM on 01/17/2013
This was an awesome story, Idk why I was under the impression that foster families rarely have emotional ties to the children and can easily give them up at will with no remorse. I guess it's cause it is very rare I ever hear a story like this, most talk about how he child was abused by foster parents. I know it must of been heart wrenching to give Nina up but such a blessing in disguise. I could almost feel your pain when giving Nina back but also the momentous joy that she and Rayna are apart of your lives forvever, I pray you all much happieness.
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Johnny plant
10:31 AM on 01/17/2013
Although I am a man, I totally connected with your perfect interpersonal voyage, the emotions, real thoughts and even the slight desire to sabotage the eventual re unification. I lost my boy the day after Thanksgiving 2011 to suicide, then 4 days later my trusty friend Louie the dog. You have been given a life long gift, to see your daughter and still be a huge part in her life. I understand the grief, depression, loss and needing to seek help and the courage to do so. You have traveled through the 5 stages of grief and come out in acceptance and more spiritual than b/f the adoption. There is an old native american saying, it goes: the things we have most in common, are the things we try to hide from each other the most. Today, more than ever, we need true emotional communication as we are so frightened as to what is going to happen to our ways of life. Thank you for setting a perfect example of on how we need to share the things we want to hide the most. What you did, are doing, takes intense courage and bravery. I am now childless, to old to start again, and now can barely take care of myself much less a child. What I have is love, kindness, understanding,, and in many ways that is being a successful man, not money. Rags to riches, back to rags , the odessy continues. Thank you for being human.
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humbertou
11:59 AM on 01/17/2013
Johnny plant Can I make I suggestion? You Never are too old if you want to help, I worked in the foster care system and there is a place perfect for you if you are really interest it, it is voluntary means you are not going to get pay, the children in court do not have a voice, because the parent have their lawyer, the case worker has the lawyer from the Estate and not represent the child, then is a void in the process, then is the Guardian ad litem, has the voice for the best interest of the child, usually your function is do home visits and go to the court to advocate for the child, also advocate for any services that the child needs, then go for it. Here in Florida in this link where you can learn more or do a Google in your State.
http://www.guardianadlitem.org/vol_main.asp
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Kitty Russel-Dillion
This is my story and I am sticking to it!
10:29 AM on 01/17/2013
Beautiful story!
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Lorraine PA
Don't cha know?
10:16 AM on 01/17/2013
Wow, what an awesome story in a very difficult situation. I admire all involved - God Bless!
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wakohnen
Human opinions....a fascinating study....
10:13 AM on 01/17/2013
Too bad that all foster children stories do not have such a happy ending. I believe the latest statistic shows that endings like this with a good relationship between the foster parents and the biological parents are around 5%. Many turn out to be very traumatic for the foster parents and the child. There have been many instances where the child was reunited with their biological parent only to be abused and neglected again while the foster parent is helpless to do anything about it. This is truly heartbreaking.
NamVet 822
Still Learning and Growing
10:12 AM on 01/17/2013
Will someone please give me a tissue.
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Savannah5
Happiness and Peace
10:38 AM on 01/17/2013
Here is your symbolic tissue, NamVet 822.
Fanned.
NamVet 822
Still Learning and Growing
05:37 PM on 01/17/2013
Thanks..I really did need it as a former Foster Dad.
10:11 AM on 01/17/2013
Beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it with us.