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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Our kiddos were back at school today, and actually on time. The oldest (8) quite happily told me that the lady from children's division of family services came and got them and he got to "get away from Mommy for a whole day!!!" He was very excited about it. He was also thrilled to be clean and have his glasses, which have been missing for about a month. Little sister (6) has been crying all morning because she doesn't want to go to foster care. She was happy that the nice lady from children's division bought them a pizza from Casey's and some Cheetoh's before taking them to Grandma's house. Said they hadn't eaten since they were at school on Monday, and didn't eat most of the days over Thanksgiving break. Little Brother (5) said they had fun with the nice lady who fed them and played with them. They say Mommy and Daddy have to clean the house and do a bunch of other stuff before they can go home, and they don't know where the lady is going to take them after school today. Not sure where the 3 year old and 1 year old are today, but at least they should be safe and fed.

I hate to see a family split up at Christmas time, but anything is better than the conditions those kids have been surviving in. Hard to call it living when they are fending for themselves the majority of the time. We (teachers) have been feeding them, giving them extra food to take home, providing their coats and shoes, giving them a change of clothes and washing theirs while their at school, treating them for head lice, providing all their school supplies, etc., etc., etc., since school began. They need to be parented and loved by someone at home. We are praying for a foster family that is willing and able to take all 5 so they won't have to be separated, and that the parents will be put in rehab or sent back to jail. Surely abuse and neglect are a parole violation, but maybe not. Mostly praying that this whole mess gets cleaned up.
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  • DEE107
    sending prayers for the children and know they are safe
    50 days ago
    Awwwww, will keep these kids in my prayers. That is just so heart wrenching to think these kids were not taken care of, spent Thanksgiving hungry and so totally neglected. I pray they have some joy this holiday season.

    HUGS and thanks for the update.
    50 days ago
  • LIS193
    Thank you for the update. Those poor sweet children.. and all you wonderful teachers helping them!
    50 days ago
    If they wrote stories for TV or movies like this, people would say “this doesn’t happen in the 21st century!” But, it does
    51 days ago
    so glad to hear the kiddo's were back at school and clean. so sorry they went hungry over Thanksgiving. prayers that they 5 children stay together.
    51 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    51 days ago
    Thanks for the update. It is so wonderful that all the teachers are helping and CPS are involved to make sure they are taken care of .
    51 days ago
    Thank you for the info. Hope the rest of your week is peaceful!
    51 days ago
  • LINDA!
    My daughter is an elementary school therapist. She certainly sees much of this....it is very sad.
    51 days ago
    51 days ago

    thank you for the UPDATE !!
    still will keep them in my prayers...
    pray they get to stay together the children are the only family they really know
    Praying for a perfect family home for the children..
    you hear some really scary stories about abusive foster homes.
    wish there was more publicity for those wonderfully loving/caring foster homes.

    and... liked your "Elfie" memes, too !

    Thank you for being you... and thankful for the teachers in your school that have been looking after these kids... as best you can. Thank you.

    51 days ago
    So glad they are being looked after well.

    51 days ago
    I am very glad to learn that family services has gotten involved but I can't believe that there is a chance they could be returned home. Even if the house is cleaned up, my god, having a history of locking the kids in their bedrooms and not feeding or caring for any other personal needs should be grounds for terminating parental rights. I don't know what state you live in, but your laws seem to be somewhat lax.

    I do hope the children can be placed together, but anything would be a vast improvement. God bless you and all the other school staff who have been taking extra care for these kids.
    51 days ago
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