Oh how my heart aches! I just received a phone call from a woman with two foster children whose birth mother is taking them back! They are both very small (I believe one is 14mos and I don't remember how old the other is) and she has raised them from day one. So these children that she has loved and raised and prayed for are going to be taken from her and put into an unhealthy, unsafe environment and will probably end up back in foster care, growing older and less 'adoptable', bouncing from home to home without any family. But we believe in a God of purpose and a God of love and I believe that God answers the prayers of His people. Please pray for this poor woman and her husband, that God would strengthen them and for these two precious little ones that God would be gracious and merciful to their souls and work out the best possible home for them to live in all the world.
In case you are wondering, the birth mother can take these children back because she still has her parental rights. Children in foster care often become available for adoption when the parents' rights are terminated, generally due to their inability to parent children safely. After an adoption is finalized no one can take the children away from the adoptive parents unless they prove that the adoption was done illegally. (That's why it is important to have a good agency that follows all the rules and never ever pressures a birth mother in any way.) At any rate, such challenges are very rare, though they do make the news.
Please keep this family in your prayers and she her husband grieve the loss of their two precious ones. What a sore trial and affliction!