Our nine year old respite girl is here and we’re on day 2. I’ve gotten her to open up about how it’s going with her current foster family and how her summer has been. I’m not sure when the county will stop placing elementary aged girls in homes with only teen boys, but from my personal experience these placements never work out! This girl is so bored and lonely. The boys have friends over or play video games all the time. She is an active and smart young girl, but she doesn’t want to play outside by herself. There’s only so much time a 9 year old can or should play on the computer or the wii. She doesn’t get to have dance parties or play dress up. She doesn’t own a Barbie or baby doll to play with. Her foster mother told her she’s too busy this summer to let the girl invite friends over, but the mother will not let the girl join her in the kitchen with the canning they are doing of their summer vegetables. She doesn’t get to head to the free library program, which my kids love (and this year they get free lunch afterwards, double win!). No wonder the placement isn’t going well! She’s probably acting out quite a bit and annoying everyone in the home because she has nothing else to do! Makes me so angry that this would be a good pre-adoptive home for her in the eyes of the county.