Schizoaffective Disorder and Foster Care
by Kimberly Griffith
I'm writing this story, in reguards to my daughter Hope Griffith. Hope has been in a therapeutic foster home for about a week and half. During that time Hope was able to come home for the weekend of Mother's Day. We picked Hope up and went out to eat for Mom's b-day. Instead of enjoying this time together, it was spent trying to understand why Hope kept crying and begging not to be send back to this foster home. As the weekend went on Hope continued to cry about this, and became aggressive towards her family. That is what got Hope put where she is right now. We found out that the other foster child, that Hope shares a room with, Had punched Hope very hard in the forehead and side of her face, leaving bruises on her. Which was why she was crying all weekend long. On Monday morning things got out of hand, it was just Hope and I(mom) at home. We were getting ready to go is her med doctor. Hope then decided to get a knife and threaten to stab herself if I(mom) return her to the foster home. all the while I find out that the reason Hope was hit by this child was for using bad words at the child, altought there should have been no hitting at all. Hope did not like getting a taste of what she does to her own family. I tried many times to rmoved the knife from Hope, but was not able to, she came very close to stbbing herself in the belly. I grabbed the knife as she tried to push it in the belly area, at that point Hope grabbed another knife before I could get around the island in my kitchen. I then called 911 and the foster mom who was on her way. Hope began to throw my chairs in the kitchen and kept saying that I son't love her. You could see that this went from behavior to something more in a matter of minutes. Hope had a blank stare in her eyes like nobody is home anymore. Foster mom got to my home and took Hope with her, About an hour later foster mom calls me to tell me that Hope has ran from her and that Hope is at another home down the road for her. Hope calls me twice from two different homes, and I finally get her to go back to the foster mom so we could take her to the hospital, Hope was not put inpatient, but did see her doctor that day. Her doctor felt that Hope was in a depression of some kind, and put her on a med to control the depression for her. I have been through more than I could say but I also know that there is hope for Hope if she would just open that mind a little more. By the way Hope has schzoaffective disorder.
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