By Milo Pabawena

My wife and I, after a couple of years of trying to have our own baby, decided that we would go into foster care. This one subject I hold dear to my heart because there children out there in the world who are without a home, who are caught up in a system not knowing what the future holds in store for them. We spent a lot of time searching for adoption agencies both foreign and domestic until we went with the Idaho Social Services. They told us before we can become foster parents, we had to go through training, background checks, home checks, gather references and so forth. We finally got the call from social services that there were three children now living with a family in Soda Springs, Idaho who were from the Fort Hall Indian Reservation where I am a member of the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes.

It was a sad moment for the foster family letting them go because they grew attached to them, but little did I know that these children would become a part of our life. It took almost two years for the children to become adopted. There were numerous obstacles that we had faced from the tribes and the parents because they did not want to relinquish their parental rights. I can recall on numerous occasions when the parents wanted to have visits with their kids, but their children did not want to go. After the visits, their mood swings would go south for the winter, throwing fits left and right, because they were in a state of confusion not knowing what to do. The moment finally came when the birth parents finally terminated their rights. It was a blessing in disguise, because if the State of Idaho had given the children back to the parents, they would have grown up a home where the father was constantly in jail and the mother was also involved in a gang. They would have grown up, basically, having no family and would probably be on the path their parents have taken. Now, they have a home, with a father and a mother who loves them dearly, and they have grandparents on both sides of the family who loves and cherishes them dearly.

They are attending school in a district where education is the best in the State. It does not stop there as we have brought into our home many more children from the Reservation. Just recently, we had become legal guardians to a child who has been in the system ever since he was born because his mother had abandoned him immediately after giving birth. These children now have hope for a better future because we had opened our doors and gave them a home.

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About the Author

Milo-Pabawena_Adoption_bloggerI am a Shoshoni Indian from Fort Hall, Idaho. I love to play sports, mainly Football and Basketball. My other hobbies include arts and crafts, reading books and I love math and physics. I am pursuing a degree in aviation as a professional helicopter pilot. I am currently residing in Franklin, Idaho where I am happily married and have 7 kids.

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