Welcome back to Taylor Talks.
Today’s post is going to be short and sweet. I have realized that fitting in the time to write a long post every day is pretty difficult in my house, and it will only become harder once classes begin at the end of the month. I may wind up writing on a few days a week, or even once a week, depending on what my schedule is like. I may not have any set posting schedule, and just write whenever I have some free time. I’ll just have to see how things go…
Tonight I wanted to discuss bonding time. When a new foster child comes into the home, there is always a period of time in which the family gets to know the new child. Everyone is fascinated by the new arrival, and all of my siblings sit around staring at our new brother or sister as if they were an alien with five heads. But a lot of people don’t realize that bonding needs to continue long after the first week of the child’s placement. No matter the age of the child, they need lots of love and attention to make them feel whole and wanted after being ripped away from their biological parents. Sometimes the children don’t understand what’s going on, which makes the situation even more difficult. The foster children in my family have never been treated any differently than I am treated by my parents. There is no difference between biological, adopted, or fostered in my home. I think that it’s important to treat any foster child like they are part of the family, because they do become a son or daughter, sister or brother. There is no difference; they are family, and they need to be treated as such. Parents and siblings should always make time to spend with any new foster child, both one-on-one and in a group or whole family setting.
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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.