Most parents-to-be have nine months to prepare for a baby. When my husband and I found out his sister and her baby daddy had been arrested and faced possible prison time while our then-one-year-old niece had been thrust into the foster care system, we had exactly nine days to get ready for full time foster parenting. And while our instant immersion into caring for a baby was overwhelming enough, what proved all the more overwhelming was how to successfully coparent this chid with her incarcerated mom and her Guatemalan grandmother.

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