Rights relinquished.

We had court today for our 19 month old foster daughter, Baby H. It was a long morning. There was a misunderstanding about the time, so we had to wait until all the cases were heard and luckily the judge said he would go ahead and hear ours. The waiting area was filled with beautiful children. The morning consisted of finalized adoptions, joyous reunifications with birth parents and birth parents weeping at the outcome of their hearing.  A few months ago Baby H's father's rights were terminated and today her mother relinquished her rights. I am not quite sure how to process this event and my emotions. To look into a mother's tear-filled eyes after she signed papers to terminate her parental rights is absolutely heartbreaking. I have so much respect for this woman who by no fault of her own cannot parent her daughter. How do you explain to her God's plan in all of this?  It was stated in our paperwork that I am the only friend she has. How is that possible? Thank you Jesus for placing her in our lives.  I am so thankful that we get to start the adoption process and end this part of the journey, but where do I go from here? We want to reassure her that just because she's legally not Baby H's mother anymore, she will always be a part of her life if circumstances allow. We're having her over for breakfast Sunday morning and  we're planning on once a month visits and spending holidays together. I pray that she becomes part of our family as well. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. Our adoption hearing is the last week of November. 

 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, 

    is God in his holy dwelling. 

God sets the lonely in families... Psalm 68:5-6

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