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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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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.
As I've mentioned plenty of times, I've had nineteen siblings come through my home. Some have stayed, and the majority have eventually left our care. Well, I never really thought about it before, but I have had nineteen siblings. I am the only child in my family who has had nineteen siblings. The rest of my brothers and sisters have only had a portion of those siblings, based on the time when they entered our lives. So my brother, who has been with us for ten years now, has only had ten siblings, including me. (Only ten.... as if that's not a lot of siblings to have!)
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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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.