Bear has always been very vulnerable to biofamily rejection. He craves love and acceptance, but doesn't know how to maintain a relationship. His black and white thinking puts people on a pedestal or throws them into the pit. Nothing in between. Because he doesn't live with shades of grey, and, of course, real people are never perfect... Bear sees someone as perfect, until he perceives that someone is rejecting him (which can just be asking him not to call as often, or telling him they want to spend some time alone), then he pushes them away before they can hurt him. Hence, Kleenex Girls. I've never heard why Bear's foster dad refused to keep in touch with Bear, beyond the contact we begged for in the first few months of Bear's placement with us, but I have to assume it was something similar. Kitty still has the occasional conversation with her former foster mom.
Although they've never lived together, Biodad has been in and out of Bear's life quite a bit. Usually what happens is Biodad accepts Bear's attempt at contact, and then Bear texts and calls obsessively, ignoring the Biodad's requests for moderation (like that Bear not call during work hours). If Bear doesn't get an answer immediately, he calls back every two minutes until the call is answered. At one point Biodad called Hubby and I, asking us to stop Bear from doing this. Eventually Biodad shuts it all down and disappears, leaving Bear to feel rejected yet again. Until the next time.
Bear is extremely depressed and vulnerable right now. It would not surprise me if Biodad ends up back on the pedestal with all issues forgotten. Bear might even try to stay in Oklahoma (where Biodad lives) when he gets out... until the inevitable, and Bear "has to" run again.
Ironically the friend helping me deal with the contents of the bags is the same friend whose son had given Bear an air gun that looked almost identical to this one to "fix." Bear had popped off the red plastic part that identified it as a toy, and brought it to school to trade for drugs. I hate the thought of this realistic toy being in my home or in Bear's hands (easy way to get himself shot, because it looks so real), so I decided to give it to my friend's son to replace the one stolen by Bear all those years ago. It felt like an ideal solution!