On Friday afternoon our fostering friends asked us if we would consider providing emergency placement for a sibling group of five children along with them. After many rapid-fire phone calls, text messages, and e-mails to multiple agencies and figuring out a plan to make it work between our two homes, we learned that DSS had already split the children among different families and gone home for the weekend.
Despite the best efforts by social workers, the immense deficit of foster homes in our state often results in siblings being separated among several different families with open beds when they come into protective custody. In the past few weeks we have said yes several times, but the children didn't come to our home. One little one was able to leave the hospital with a family member. Another child needed to be closer to the hospital for daily radiation treatments.
We felt frustrated, but as seasoned foster parents we have been down this path many times. Along with our friends, we wondered why our beds remained empty when so many children need homes. After grabbing some sushi on an impromptu double date, we determined together that we would remain willing to share a sibling group between our two homes if another call came our way.
On Monday we got a text from our fostering friends that they were asked to take in brothers, age four and two. Moments later we got the request to take in their sisters, age five and two. When the realization hit us that this sibling set included twins, we couldn’t separate them. When I asked Mr. Cooper if we could take on twin two-year-olds in addition to our current crew of six kids, he said "sure!"So that’s how Our Cooper Crew grew from eight people to ten people this week. After telling my boss about the twins, she responded, "so the twins makes ten?" And just like that, we had our new hashtag! #twinsmakesten