Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
There was so much going on today! My mom went out with my brother and sister to take care of some last minute things before school starts on Monday, while I stayed home with the twins. I had promised them that we would bake cookies last night, after I found a new recipe that they could eat (I just had to switch out the butter for a dairy-free version), but Twin B fell asleep before we even ate dinner last night. Unfortunately, that meant that Twin A had to wait to bake until today. But luckily, being home alone with the two of them gave us the perfect opportunity to whip up some Jell-o Cookies!
So now it's time for another Foster Parent Friday interview, and tonight we're hearing from a woman who wanted to be referred to as "DI." As a reminder, you can check out all of the other interviews by following the link for the Foster Parent Fridays category on the right!
How long have you been a foster parent?
Do you do respite, short-term, or long-term care?
"Short- and long-term."
How many children have you taken in over that period of time?
Do you limit your care to a certain age group? If so, what ages do you take in?
"Now I do. [I only take in children from the age of] 0-12, [but] no boys over 5."
Have you ever adopted any children? If so, how many?
"Yes, 1 [child]."
Did you have any biological children when you started foster care? If so, how many? How old were they at the time?
"[I had] no bio children."
What were your biggest concerns as you started your foster care journey?
"[If I] could give them back."
What is the biggest lesson you learned from being a foster parent?
"Let the agency know everything in regards to bruising and disclosures."
Is there anything you would change about your experience as a foster parent?
"Yes, [I would] be stronger and more assertive when dealing with workers."
Do you have any words of wisdom for future or new foster parents?
"Make sure you can do this, as you have little people's lives in your hands."
DI makes a great point... you need to be absolutely sure that you're ready for all that's involved with being a foster parent before committing to the job. You have children to take care of, whether you take in foster children who are two or fifteen, and they will take a priority in your life. You need to be prepared for that responsibility.
Are you a foster parent who is interested in doing an interview for Foster Parent Fridays? Send me a message through my Contact page and I'll give you the details! I'm looking forward to sharing more interviews in the future to showcase the perspectives of other foster parents!
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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.