Throughout 2008 and 2009 we began participating in foster care of some children while we living in Minnesota. During the summer of 2009, we met an older girl named Lafonda:
She was living in a town about 1 hour from where we living in a home for older girls. She was originally from a tribe in Northwestern Minnesota called White Earth.
After meeting with Lafonda for a few weeks, we felt she could come live with us as a potential foster care placement. We had a few good initial impressions and things felt like they may fit well, so we invited her into our family. She was a bit hesitant at first, but initially agreed to give it a try.
She lived with us for about 1 year, but during the summer of 2009, we decided to move from Minnesota to Missouri as Scott's took a new job. After much thought about the whole situation, we asked her to be a permanent part of our family and she agreed. In the fall of 2009, we had the official adoption hearing in Fargo, ND, and Lafonda French was now Lydia Lafonda Nichols...