After two long years, Calgarian Lisa Kirkman has finally received the news she’s been waiting for — her son Noah is coming home.
During the summer of 2008, Noah, then 10, was visiting his stepfather in Oregon when he was stopped by police for not wearing a bike helmet.
He was sent to a foster home after American officials did not recognize his stepfather as a legal guardian.
“I guess torturous is really the only way to describe it,” said Kirkman of the last two years.
An Oregon court announced Friday that Noah will be coming home, though an official date has yet to be decided.
That night, Kirkman said she was able to speak to Noah for the first time without a social service worker listening in.
“It was just so amazing and so wonderful to talk to him. He’s so happy.”
Noah will live with his grandparents when he returns to Calgary until he’s ready to move back home with Kirkman.
“I think it’s made me stronger in a lot of ways, but I would definitely trade that strength to not have it happen at all,” Kirkman said.