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If you’re like me, and you live in the northeast, your family has probably been preparing for the big blizzard that’s coming our way tomorrow. Now, my family isn’t completely crazed like some other people we’ve seen… I mean, it’s just a snowstorm, it’s not like the world is coming to an end. We just made sure grocery shopping was done over the weekend, and we’re stocked up on flashlight batteries just in case. Hopefully everyone is overreacting for nothing, and it won’t be as bad as we all think it’s going to be. But better safe than sorry, right?
Well all this talk of preparedness has me thinking about just how people prepare for winter every year. Sure, if you’re down south, you don’t have to worry about the cold and the snow, but up here in New York, we’re prepared each year for the freezing temperatures and the chance of a snowstorm every once in a while. You take out bulky winter coats by the end of the fall, and make sure you found all of your kids’ gloves, boots, and hats (or if you find only 3 gloves for 2 sets of hands, you make sure you buy new ones). These are just basic things that everyone makes sure to have before winter sets in, things that most of us take for granted. Well, not everyone has a coat, or boots. In fact, you might be surprised to know that half (okay, not a statistician here, but just go with it) of the foster kids who walk through the doors into a new foster home aren’t prepared for the season that they’re in.
We’ve had children come to our house in the middle of winter with nothing but a light spring jacket on. We’ve also had kids come to us in the middle of summer wearing wool sweaters. Many children either don’t have the clothing they need for whatever season it is, or the parents don’t know how to properly dress their children and it’s up to my parents to get to a store immediately and buy the kids new wardrobes. By the way, you get a clothing allowance from DSS for the kids, but you should always be prepared to go out of pocket for things. I’ll have more on that in a future post. My point is, while everyone’s out rushing to stock up on cookies before the big storm, some little kids aren’t even being given the proper clothing for winter, even if their parents have the means to provide them with what they need.
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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.