Went and met with "J" on Friday. He's 12 and a ball of energy. He had all kinds of questions, some of which made me wonder about his previous homes.
Will I need permission to go to the fridge? (No, unless it's 10 minutes before dinner. Otherwise, just eat at the dining room table.)
Will I need permission to get food from the cabinets? (See above answer)
Can I go anywhere in the house? (Wait, what?)
Can I go outside ? (If you don't, I may throw your butt out to play.)
Can I have a party on my birthday ? (Of course !! Who doesn't give a kid a party on his birthday?)
So he's excited. We're reservedly excited. There's some paperwork, and services to be setup out here for him, but hopefully all that will be handled within a week or so. As it stands, since he's under 14, he can't say no to a placement with us. So baring any unforeseen problems, this one looks to be a "Go".
Again, I'm keeping my fingers crossed...