Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Happy February, and Happy Superbowl Sunday! Has anyone else been cooking finger foods for the past 3 hours? There's only 10 minutes until kickoff!
This morning, I was looking through some pictures on my phone, and I found one that made me laugh. I wanted to share it here for two reasons. One, I thought other people might get a laugh as well. Two, I wanted to discuss it in reference to foster care.
At first glance, you see a little group of toys. Well, let me just tell you where I found this little collection. Anna, Hans, the Carebear, sheep, and pig were all picnicking on some bread in my mom's pocketbook. Apparently, when they were done playing with these toys, my little sisters thought it was a good idea to stick them all in my mom's bag for her to play with at a later date. Little kids... am I right?
Well as funny as it was to find such an array of toys in an adult's bag, I wanted to talk about toys on a more serious note. A lot of kids in foster care don't have toys to call their own. Many times, whatever siblings I already had and I would need to pick a bunch of toys to give to the new kid before we could get to a store to buy them their own toys. It's important for kids in the foster system to have things that they can call their own, and my mom always likes to buy some kind of cuddly baby doll or stuffed animal for each child to cuddle and sleep with because that gives them something they can form an attachment with.
Toys may seem silly to adults, but to a child with nothing, it can mean the entire world.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.