E is leaving today. For his sake I'm glad his stay was short, he is missing Grandma.
I love respite care for the specific reason that it kept E safe and loved when he couldn't be with his family. It's not perfect, for him we probably still felt like strangers, but we love him and I have to believe that makes a difference.
Connection and community are a couple of the things that many families with children taken in to foster care are missing in their lives. If you or I get sick, or fall on hard times we would have family, friends and possibly Church to help make up the difference in our children's lives. I have taken this for granted. These connections and support systems are desperately needed. In fact they are what make it possible to survive raising children in a less than ideal world.