Yesterday marked one year since the day Zay’s case took a drastic turn. We had been waiting on results from an evaluation that would likely sway the case towards adoption. Case workers and attorneys communicated that there was no way this evaluation would ever recommend Zay be reunified with his mother. We were praying that by Christmas we would hear adoption would be the goal for 2017.
It was going to be the best Christmas ever.
It was around lunchtime and I had just broke away from the family to heat up food for everyone. We had spent the morning decorating our tree and home for Christmas. I saw the Department of Children and Families’s number pop up on my phone and I had a sick feeling it wasn’t the news we were hoping for.
I left the sound of Zay’s hungry squeals for the privacy of my office and sat down in disbelief at the news I was hearing.
“She passed the evaluation.”
“Reunification is the goal.”
“Four to six months.”