A quick refresher in case you haven't been following along - we suddenly became full-time carers with David - a 12 year old boy (fictional names used) in our care. About 4-5 months into the placement we had seen a lot of improvement in overall health (better eating, weight gain and growth for his age) and had committed to caring for David long-term. However life wasn't easy and we were dealing with some pretty severe transference and anger issues in day to day life which were continuing to escalate. When I started writing here I committed to share my experiences both good and bad for the benefit of carers and potential carers alike, and this post definitely falls into the bad category. But in amongst the difficult situations we must learn … [Read more...]

The big day

Since our short term emergency placement transitioned to long term care thoughts of working towards any transition were dropped completely replaced by longer term planning. As primary carers this opened the door up to more involvement in David's future planning (fictional names used) and a whole lot of appointments. From the beginning despite the temporary arrangement we had always tried our best to keep his best interests in mind from (not backing down from any challenges we could have ignored and left for a potential next carer). However when our commitment transitioned to long term this did change our perspective from working towards a smooth transition to personally handling the long term. There were two big appointments on the radar … [Read more...]