This is something I have experienced as a mom, in fact my beautiful child is now part of the adult system. He just turned 21. Which I am grateful for as sometimes, I didn’t think we would make it this far. The emptiness is very real. It doesn’t go away even when he is out. However it has got easier. The biggest tool I have to stay connected to him is that we share alot. we share memories- good and bad, laughs, stories. We have learned to make the most of calls. This was so hard in the first years as I would cry and just not know how to move forward. We are so close now though. Talking and writing is something we both look forward to. He is an artist and sends picture or poems. I guess the thing I am trying to say is that we found a new normal for us. The one goal I had was that we would still be family and have each other to lean on. It helps some. I smile more than I cry now.