Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I thought that I would share another story about a specific placement that we've had in our home. My foster sister was just a few days old when she came to us; I was about six or seven.
Whenever a baby is born in a hospital, doctors immediately test the newborn for drugs in their system. With my foster sister, drugs were found in her system, so she was removed from her parents' care and placed under C.P.S. care right after birth. When she was released from the hospital, she was placed directly in our home.
Having a drug baby in the house makes you realize just how horrible drugs are. This poor baby went through drug withdrawal, cried all the time, had stiff joints, and it was so sad to watch her go through all of that pain. She was the sweetest baby, with these big blue eyes, and she was so tiny. We loved having her here, but we definitely wished that there was something we could do to help her stop crying!
We got to know the biological family over the course of this placement because my parents set up other visits outside of the court mandated ones. The dad worked in the city and wasn't home for visits during the day, and my parents felt bad that he couldn't see his daughter just because his wife had been doing drugs while pregnant. We saw the whole family every once in a while, including an older brother who was a little older than I was. It was kind of a weird situation, because we loved this little baby so much and I know that I didn't really want to even know the family. But in the end, of course, our opinions didn't matter anyway. She ended up being returned to her biological family in the end, even though we thought that they hadn't proved themselves to be ready for the responsibility of raising her. In fact, this was the only placement that my dad still gets upset over. He still disagrees with the decision, but that's what happens in foster care sometimes. You have to be prepared for anything.
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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.