Help us become foster parents
Organized by: Barry & Cat Hull
Thank you for taking the time to join us on our journey & hear our story. At this time 1 year ago, I was over the moon happy. Living the American dream that my husband & I worked to create for ourselves. Back in Maine, close to family & good friends, great jobs, happy with 2 healthy boys, & 6 1/2 months pregnant with our daughter! In September, at my last obgyn appointment before our daughter's scheduled c-section, our world came crashing down around us. There was no heartbeat...... Our full term daughter passed due to a fetal-maternal hemorrhage in utero. Through our grief & with the love of our family & friends, we were able to see through this tragic event in our lives. While 3 pregnancies have been a blessing, the 3 c-sections that came with them have been medically difficult, to say the least. Even though we feel that another natural child would be difficult on me & bring many emotions along with 9 months of anxiety after experiencing the sudden death of our daughter, we do feel that our family has more love to give. This part is where we look to our community, our family, & our friends for help. In April, we began the journey to becoming licensed for foster care & adoption from the state of Maine. We have completed most of the lengthy checklist involved, including having a fire inspection completed by the local fire marshall. Upon receiving the fire inspection report back, we learned that the windows in our bedrooms were too small! The opening for each of the 2 windows are at 20"H x 30"W. The requirements state the windows need to be at least 24"H x 35"W in case of an emergency. The financial burden to correct these windows is just shy of $4,000! These restrictions seem absurd, but are a requirement to continue on the path with DHHS to get licensed. We were extremely hesitant to put this out there, but appreciate you reading our story & offering your support, whether spiritually, emotionally, or monetary. This is our journey.