Dear Social Worker,
I know you don't know me, but I would like to tell you a few things about myself.
I am a mom of two kids.
Two kids whom I had to have a special procedure done to carry them to full term.
Many sleepless nights I have walked the hall humming, rocking, cradling my children to sleep, comforting them through teething pains and something's-just-not-right pains.
Countless messes have I cleaned up, from simple spills to vomit covered bedding to bloodied bathroom floors and clothes (from bloody noses).
Numerous trips to the doctors in and out of town have I driven. Hours waited in the waiting rooms for routine check ups to more serious diagnoses, x-rays, therapies and treatments. Countless prayers have been sent to Heaven for healing and care for my little ones and teens.
A library's worth of stories read, a tree's worth of coloring pages colored, store's worth of sticky notes used as friendly reminders and little love notes.
Untold hours devoted to developing who I am so I can better mother my children and raise them to be good, honest, productive citizens.
So very many precious moments, listening, comforting, advising, correcting, sharing, laughing and crying.
Cringe worthy driving lessons, ear-piercing drum playing, guitar playing, singing lessons.
Countless...sacrifices. Sacrifices I would never take back. Sacrifices I don't regret. Sacrifices I so want to make for someone else's child. Sacrifices I am so willing to make for a child in your care.
Now please, dear social worker, tell me why you won't do extra paper work to send a child in your care out of state.
Dear social worker, please tell me why you won't even look any home study, any family not in your area, not in your district or city.
Tell me dear social worker why you don't know more about the "condition" the child in your care has so you can better "treat" that child and find a family who does.
Please tell why you won't answer calls or emails.
Why don't you care enough about that child in your care to sacrifice?
I will fly to the ends of the earth for my kids and for children whom we would like to adopt...
...so please tell me why you don't want to do a little extra work. Are they not worth it?
The child in your care's potential mommy.