Our day started off following the new Saturday Schedule, it was going brilliantly! The boys all read quietly in their rooms while I took my shower and then downstairs we went for a morning meeting to go over the schedule. In fact all morning the boys were asking me, "Are we on schedule?". We went to the library where I paid my insane library fines of almost 40 bucks...that's right we have problems, lol! When it came to nap time I got everyone settled in their rooms with some books and toys and headed down to take my break from reality and catch up on some Netflix while I cleaned. That didn't last long because shortly after nap started I got a call to come pick up our placement (we will be giving him the blog name: Alex), they found him!!! OR rather the kinship placement dropped him off at the county office with nothing but the clothes on his back and his Nintendo DS. County called over to our agency (who is relatively closed on weekends) and the emergency on call worker went and got him bringing him to the visitation center. They called and we were off.
He is an adorable little boy who played all afternoon, like REALLY played, got out trains and built railroads, drove around the firetruck pretending to rescue people, this was totally out of my element! All the kids I've had thus far do not PLAY other than ramming things into things and pretending to "fight". It was great for Joel, he jumped right in with him.
I had several conversations with Alex over the afternoon, he asked to go back to the county office or when I was going to take him home to his kinship placement. It appears no one explained anything to him and the kin told him they were coming back to get him when they dropped him off. His regular caseworkers weren't working since its the evening. I really didn't have any answers for him as I was expecting to discuss the case when his caseworkers dropped him off Friday...which never happened. The on call person at my agency had NO clue what was going on and was understandably confused about everything. My agency does not get calls after hours it is unheard of so she was really thrown for a loop. Anyway Alex told me a little about his family and past few living arrangements. He told us all that he was scared cause usually when he moves houses they take him to "bad places". The other boys did a great job telling him that this was a safe house and showing him all the toys. At bed time he went right up and was ecstatic at how "cozy" the bed was, he fell right asleep nice and early....a boy who could really fit in here lol :)
Ill probably have to get him to his old school a county over on Monday (he tells me they have uniforms, we will have to wing that unless I can get out and shop tomorrow with 5 boys). I have several licensing examinations I need to take first thing Monday morning that I cant miss. I have no idea what time his school starts either and cant really tell online. The on call worker was trying to put together a call for tomorrow with caseworkers but I don't see that happening.
Things are going much better with R1 this weekend, everyone knows each other so it seems to run smoother and the schedule has definitely helped. His birthmom did call my cell phone today once earlier in the afternoon. The conversation was short and sweet and she said she would call back at 7 before bed. The 7 oclock call was not as easy, the discussion was bordering on inappropriate and probably crossed the line. It was of course focused entirely on her and contained too many adult things such as whether she still loved his father and some argument with an aunt. I was proud of R1 though when I heard him say, "Well you need to figure your life out because I DO NOT LIKE THIS AT ALL!!!". I don't really know anything of his situation but I hope things work out for him, he is such a hoot and fun to be around, makes me sad to think that they are missing out on his life and his spirit is dampened by all that he has to deal with in the system.
Looking forward to another day with 5 boys tomorrow!