Lillian - posted on 11/11/2009 ( 2 moms have responded )
I would like to extend my warmest greetings and welcome you all to this group. I would like to introduce myself and maybe give a little bit of my story and why this group was created. I had become a Christian at the age of 16 and bounced between back sliding and being involved with my Lord. (Thank you Jesus for your patience) At the age of 32 I moved into a house with a friend from work and her child, boyfriend and roommate. It turned out that they were real slobs and the house was filthy. When social services came to take the child away and we lost the house I agreed to apply to foster the little girl (who had just turned 9) It took 6 motnhs of fighting to get the ministry to do their job in order to have her live with me. Boy was I in for a shock. She had violent tantrums that lasted for hours. When I isolated her she would work herself into a bigger rage and when I put her in time out she wouldn't stay. As the guidlines for being a foster parent stated I couldn't remove any of her toys or possessions I was at a loss for what to do. She had started attending Church with her previous foster parents and so at her requests we looked for a church. The first to church's I was ignored and not spoken to even once and another spoke to me but only truly welcomed me when they discovered she was my fosterdaughter. After about 3 months and since my daughter was mostly native I decided to try the First Nations Church in our city. What a small church but we were made to feel like family immediately and invited to participate. I repented of my backsliding and became a member of the church. When my daughter had been in care for 1 year and their was still no sign of her mother being able to get her back we were given a choice. Either she was to be placed on the permanent ward list and up for adoption or the parents could give me custody and the ministry would release her to me. We agreed and I was granted Sole Custody and Sole Guardianship of my daughter. I thank God every day that he used my daughter to bring me to a new life with Him. I hope that you will join me on this discussion board. Faith, Friendship and praise as well as testimonies and calls for help and advice are what we are all about. God bless you all.