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Well, where we live, the blizzard was a big bust. We got an inch or so of snow… the kids were so disappointed (and so was I!). Not that I wanted a whole lot of snow or anything, but it would have been fun to get a little something…
Hearing about the weather, no matter if you’re preparing for a snowstorm, a hurricane, or thunderstorms, is kind of like preparing for taking in a foster child. You can hear about what to do to prepare from a million different people, and everyone can agree on exactly what the experience will be like, but until it happens, there’s no way to know what’s coming. Even when you’ve been doing foster care for years like we have, all of your past experiences still can’t help you prepare for taking in your next child. Each experience is so completely different, and unexpected things are always happening. A new placement is about as predictable as the weather, and today has shown New Yorkers just how predictable the weather is.
No matter how unpredictable each new placement can be, however, they are all far more rewarding than today’s snow day was. Even when we get frustrated with certain situations, I’m still extremely happy to have each of my siblings here with me for however long they stay. I know that anyone else who decides to do foster care will feel the same way.
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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.