And the family relishes the time, although usually limited to three times a week, that they get to spend with one another.
Robin said she feels very good about getting to see her mom more.
“I feel good about it because a few months ago, I felt like I was never going to see her again, because she wasn’t around and we never got to see her,” she said.
They have been able to go on outings to the Harvest Homecoming festival in New Albany, went bowling and got to walk the trails in Charlestown State Park.
But a lot of the visits, including a weekly family dinner, are at Childplace.
“When we visit we usually go with the flow, play a video game,” Michael said.
“They make me sweat doing those virtual games,” Carol said with laugh, referring to the video game “Just Dance.”
The family also likes to play cards and board games, with Matthew claiming Monopoly as one of his favorites.
But more than anything, it’s the chance to spend time together that is reconnecting the family.
“I’m just happy that I still have them,” Carol said. “I’m very grateful for every minute I get to see them and be with them. It’s very depressing to not be able to tuck your kids in, or hug them whenever they need you — things that you take for granted.”
Carol said once she has a court date in February she may be granted more time to spend with her children. She has a series of goals to reach, and if the court deems that she is meeting all of the criteria she said she’ll be granted more visits, which will increase to overnight and weekend visits.
“It’s making sure that ... every [goal] is met so that we don’t fall back into what has happened,” she said.
In the meantime, Carol is searching for housing in Jeffersonville where she and her children could all eventually move back in together.
Until then, the family is thrilled to be spending the holidays together, with the help of Wish Book.
“It’s not something that happens every day,” Michael said.