When we have the opportunity to help anyone, we should do it. -Galatians 6:10a (NCV)

Monday, February 18, 2013

Sadly, one of our foster girls left us a couple weeks ago to go back and live with her extended family. I have struggled to blog about this as I have mixed feelings about it.

Discipline is an area that a lot of people disagree on. We don't use physical discipline with our foster girls. One reason is they have already been physically abused in their life. We are trying to help them deal with this wound and feel like additional forms of physical punishment with set them back even farther.

But teens push.

And push.

And push!

One lesson we learned through this circumstance is that when dealing with unacceptable and defiant behavior with a teen, is all adults in that teens life have to stand united on the ultimate outcome and uphold the same punishment. David and I were on the same page but others involved in this child's life had different visions of how to correct her behavior.

When it came down to her behavior being potentially very harmful to herself, we called her extended family, who she lived with before and told them we could no longer be responsible for her.

What makes us very sad is this child is now missing out on the opportunity to go to school. She is vision impaired which makes it more difficult to find a school that will accept her. Her family is looking for a school in their area.

Please pray that God opens doors of opportunity for this child especially in the area of education.

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