The four girls we provided care for since December are all moving into different phases. The two sisters cared for by Butsaba and Jay will transition into their new long term foster home in May. The exciting thing is their new foster parents have been friends of ours for many years, so we will be able to easily maintain relationship with the girls. We plan to include them in activities with Jojo's Sanctuary and sometimes they will stay with Jay and Butsaba when the foster parents need to go out of town.
Of the two girls who stayed with Heather, one is spending the Thai summer holidays (normally March-May, but extended until July due to the COVID crisis) with her family in the mountain village. It was decided that she would return to Chiang Mai to complete her minimum education requirements here before transitioning to live with her relatives in another province. She will continue to stay with Heather during the school year.
Our final girl just graduated from 9th grade and tested into a private school for high school, which we are all excited about. She also turned 16 while in our care, so we were able to take all the kids out to celebrate with a day at the reservoir complete with kayaks and waterslides. Currently, we are working with the team of Faithful Heart Foundation to find the best placement for her in her extended family. The ideal scenario is for her to live with her older sister, but other family members are opposed to this while not wanting to care for her themselves. We are hopeful that we can address all the family members' concerns and feel confident in maintaining harmony in the family while giving her what she wants and needs in living with her sister, who is her closest living family member. The goal is to have this transition completed by June 1.
Foster care placements by the govenrment are on hold for the time being due to the COVID=19 situation worldwide. We anticipate receiving one or two new foster children by the fall, once restrictions are lifted and social workers are allowed to begin doing home visits once again.
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