Some of you may remember the guy whose memoir I helped write. He is from Zimbabwe and an American citizen. He dropped out of sight while applying for university teaching jobs but had no luck. I emailed him to help tutor difficult child, or just play basketball with-him, and he emailed back! Ta-da! I don't know when he'll start but I am so excited! I looked online for our soc svcs programs and they are for state adoptions, and below poverty income level. Also, if I were to place difficult child in temporary foster care, he would have to be a danger to himself. They do a very thorough home study. At this point, he's not doing the obvious things like slashing his wrists, using drugs, etc. so I know they wouldn't take him. There are so many others in great need ... I'm still considering boarding school for spec needs. There's a great one 3 hrs away but he'd only be able to go for 2 yrs b4 he ages out. Last night, difficult child came into my office and told me that the reason ("Well, more like an excuse," he admitted) he was such a jerk yesterday (I didn't even bother to post about that one) was because he was afraid of being sent away. Say what? You're afraid of being sent away so you behave even more badly? The REAL reason is because he got up in the middle of the night and played on his computer. Where he finds these mice is beyond me. I think they're real mice and they breed at night. Past experience shows that he is an absolute monster when he goes with-o sleep. He admitted to husband that he'd been sneaking downstairs and admitted it affected his temperament. Meanwhile, thank d8G for Clonidine! Tonight difficult child has been an angel. I asked him why, and he said, "Because I don't want you to send me away." So, this is his standard response, regardless whether his behavior is good or bad. I simply replied, "Oh. Well, you're behaving very well." I'm not making ANY promises!!! P.S. I took away the mouse and the monitor and hid them. P.P.S. I still can't find where I hid the TV cord.