Maria asked a question on the blog that I felt needed to be answered so everyone would understand the policy here.
Children over 10 are allowed to decide if they want to be adopted or not and speak for themselves and their younger siblings in court. While we may question the wisdom of children this young making life altering decisions for themselves when they may be unable to fully understand the long term ramifications, that is the rule here.
We ourselves would never place a decision of this magnitude in the hands of a child so young.
However, we also would never adopt a child who didn't willingly want to participate in family life.
Day #3 begins, we remain hopeful, loving and patient. We remain present.
We remain Team LaJoy, regardless of the outcome.
Much love to all who are being so loving in our time of turmoil.