I spoke to our social care worker yesterday, and she's coming round tomorrow to go through some paperwork with us. She said on the phone that it was very unlikely now that we would have a child with us for Christmas
We feel very torn - on the one hand we are really looking forward to welcoming a child into our home and giving them lots of love, positive attention and new experiences, but on the other hand for a child to come to us they will at the very least have suffered a major upheaval. In an ideal world no child should ever have to leave their family and there would be no need for foster carers.
Unfortunately in reality Christmas can be a very stressful time for many families, and if we don't have a placement beforehand then I'm sure it won't be too long afterwards. We've just got to hope and pray that whether they're with us or not, our future foster children are able to make some happy memories this Christmas that they can look back on to remember the good times.