The other day, my brother started asking my mom all sorts of questions about all of the foster kids that we've taken in. I have no idea what brought up the topic, or why he was suddenly so interested, but the conversation went on for quite a while.
My brother wanted to know the stories of why all of the kids were placed with us, and what all of their names were, and who came in what order. He had so many questions, and I realized that he truly didn't know about a lot of my siblings. He didn't even know why our little sisters were placed with us, and he was six at the time. But you don't just go around telling your six-year-old that his new baby sisters were taken from their biological mother because she had been doing drugs while pregnant.
There is so much information that comes along with each foster child you take in, whether they stay with you forever or go home to their biological family. I guess most of the time I just take all of that information for granted. It was really interesting to hear my mom talk about all of my siblings' stories again, because I don't think about the specifics on a daily basis. I think I might share a few stories in the future, to give people a better understanding of why children are put into the foster care system. I think it would be interesting for me to sit down with my mom and hear those specifics again, and be able to relate them here.
Nineteen is a big number. Nineteen siblings is a big deal. But those kids are more than just a number; they're all my siblings, and they all have a story. They're all individuals that went through something crazy as kids and have come out on the other side, whether or not they grew up in my house for the rest of their childhood. It'll be nice to explore all of those stories again.
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