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Steven came home on Saturday for his weekly visit...later that day I got a call from the unit asking if Steven can spend the night....naturally I said yes...I get to see him once a week and having him for the night was awesome...The night went well...he was perfectly behaved and that made me feel really good...things are beginning to fall into place.

Sunday morning one of the staff of the unit called and asked if Steven can stay til Monday morning as there was a crisis with one of the staff...Of course he can stay...we are getting to spend the extra time with him...can’t say no to that.

At 9:00 am this morning I got a call from Steven’s caseworker and she informed me that one of the staff at the unit had passed away...I was in total shock when she told me it was Steven’s counselor, Dawn.  I was told not to say anything to as him as they wanted to talk to the children together.  

I am worried about Steven, very worried...A couple of months ago he lost one of his classmates...I don’t know the particulars but he did pass away...Steven’s class is small and the students are pretty close...So I was very worried...And now with this happening...I wish I knew what was going on in his mind...He has been exposed to so much loss these past couple of years...And although he is young...he understands and knows what death is...

They are going to keep me informed as far as Steven is concerned and I told them that he can call home any time...even if it is to say hello...I don’t want to push the topic but I do want him to know that I am here for him.

My thoughts and prayers going out to the family, staff and kids of the ABT Unit...I pray for your strength and courage to carry you through this time of need. Amen.


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