This page will be in reverse chronological order... that way you, our readers, can be current on our foster care journey. Please note that we are unable to use the legal name of our foster children, so we have come up with a nickname, or made up name for them.
Jan. 6, 2017: 15 month old "Elsa" and 6 week old "Anna" join us! They are cute, good sisters. Their grandma is in the process of getting custody, so it looks like they won't be with us totally long.
Reopened our file after a 3 yr break, and immediately got custody of "Baby". Got her home on Jan. 13, 2016 and she was an absolute dream, snuggle baby. On Sept. 30, she went to be with her bio dad.
Dec. 2012 We took our file off of hold once Devin finished nursing school. Almost immediately got a call about "Belle". We brought "Belle" home on Jan. 14. She's an angel and we're enjoying having her around. Her parents relinquished their rights on April 02. We finalized our adoption of "Belle" on June 25, 2013. Her new legal name is Breeann Christian Payne.
May 2012 we put our file on hold again.
Sept. 28, 2011 we got custody of "Thor". He was 3 days old. He spent the first 3 1/2 weeks of his life in the NICU before coming home. He has a strong (as in determined), peaceful spirit. He is a very happy baby. His parents voluntarily relinquished their rights on Feb. 08, 2012! We finalized our adoption of "Thor" on April 16, 2012. His new legal name is Ayden John Payne.
On June 15, 2011 we received custody of "Little Man". He was 5 days old. He didn't come into our home until June 24th due to being in the newborn ICU. He is a sweet, mellow baby. He hardly cries. He just does your typical sleep, eat, and poop. "LM" was placed with his mom for a trial placement on Aug. 09, 2011. From what we have heard, "LM"'s case was closed sometime in Jan. 2012.
May 09, 2011 we opened our file to permanent placements.
In Oct. 2008 we got licensed as foster parents. Just a short time before our license was granted, Devin was accepted into nursing school. Due to this, we decided to only do respite care. Meaning, we would watch kids in the foster care system while their foster parents took a mini vacation and/or left the state.