I think you must give some thought to adoption and foster
homes. Sammy, despite his behavior, may prove the easiest to find a home for.
It will be hard to place Maybeth. A retarded child—"
"She has the symptoms," Father Joseph answered
gently. "And you, an older child. You also would be hard to place. Your
cousin—I don't know what her plans are now."
Dicey had no idea what he was talking about. She shrugged
"James also is old for adoption, but he would easily
find a permanent home here at the school, or he might stay with one of our
families. His academic promise makes him most desirable."
Dicey could think of nothing to say. "You should think
of these things," Father said, still gently. "I know you don't want
to, but you must think them through and be ready. Think of yourself also. You
are still a child yourself."
A child? Dicey felt a hundred years old. Or more.
This is harsh reality
that Dicey has to face. The Tillermans are only kids and, as kids, they have to
have adults in their lives. The easiest thing for the adults, though, would be
to split them up—and Dicey is determined to keep her family together.