Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Today, I surprisingly ended up having the opportunity to talk about foster care for quite a while! I wasn't expecting it, because it happened at the sign language class I was teaching.
So this is my third week with my new classes, and this one particular family that I'm working with is so sweet. I work mostly with the mother and little girl, but there's a baby boy who is always ready to give me a big smile, and I met the dad and he was really nice as well. Today, the baby was wiped out and was down for a nap when I arrived for the lesson, and he slept through the whole thing. So after the lesson was over, the mom and I had a few minutes to talk, and it soon turned into an hour of conversation.
I honestly couldn't tell you how we arrived on the topic, but somehow I mentioned something about the twins and something that happened after they were placed with us. So of course the woman I was working with asked if my sisters were adopted, and one thing led to another and I explained how we've been a foster family since I was three years old. Well this woman just lit up and started telling me how she and her husband have been discussing the possibility of becoming foster parents.
Now, since we've been a foster family for so long, we've encountered our fair share of people who "would love to be foster parents" but "can't" do so. Everyone thinks it's such a great thing that you're doing when you are a foster family, but no one actually wants to help children and become foster parents themselves. Hey, I'm not saying that everyone should become foster parents, but come on, don't talk about how you "would love to do that" if you're not serious. Well after experiencing this conversation so often over my lifetime, I can kind of tell when people are actually serious about looking into foster care or when they're just spouting nonsense; this mother that I was speaking with was definitely serious about wanting to become a foster mother.
I ended up staying an hour past the end of our lesson, just discussing our experience with foster care and how it has impacted my life. I tried to give her as much information as I could in order to help her understand how amazing it has been to grow up in a foster family. She said that she and her husband were discussing the process and that they wanted to wait a few years until their kids were a little bigger, but I could tell that she was passionate about wanting to help children and take on that role of a foster parent.
It's so nice to talk to someone who wants information about a subject that you're so interested in and passionate about. I really hope that whatever I told this woman today will help her in discussions with her husband and hopefully they'll decide to move forward with the process to become foster parents. They seem like a family who would do amazingly at helping children by loving them and caring about them, not just giving them a roof over their head.
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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.