The worst part of a marriage that has children getting divorced is carried by the little ones, since in the struggle of the parents to fight for their custody in court, the boys and girls in most cases are left aside and in the worst case scenario they are left in the care of the government.
Fortunately, there are certified families to be able to adopt and care for babies while it is decided who will be in their care. As well as the story of little Braelyn, who was left in the care of a girl and her family while his father fought for custody of him in court.
Julie Long belongs to a family that is eight years old certified to be an “adoptive family”, so they provide a temporary home and care to children who require it. One day they received a call to take care of the newborn Braelyn, since not being able to be raised by his mother, Julie was in charge of taking care of him for a while.
It turns out that Julie’s family had to take care of the baby during the first years of his life, since Braelyn’s biological father was fighting for full custody of the child, until he got it and it was time to take his son to House.
However, unlike what happened with other children who never saw them again, this time was different for Julie, since the union and bond with the child was enough, so the father decided to hire her to be his babysitting while he works.
He calls me Mama Julie, which I love. I’m not his mom, but I’m like a mom to him. The only mother he knows.
– Julie Long
The girl thought that she would never see the little one again, because for more than eight years she has had to say goodbye to many babies whom she raised and who in the end had to leave, either with their biological families or with a permanent adoptive family.
Most of the time, the children the Long family have had to raise have been little ones under the age of four, so when they leave, most have no idea or even remember that they were cared for by Julie.
The hardest part is saying goodbye, without a doubt. Every time I go through a grieving process, I feel like there are little pieces of my heart spinning around and they have no idea.
This is how Julie went from being a foster mother to Braelyn’s full-time nanny, an experience that has allowed her to be present at every stage of her growth and development.