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Today marks one month since my birthday, which means that I have been 21 years old for 30 days. In those 30 days, I have had exactly 3 sips of alcohol, all of which disgusted me.
Why do I bring this up? I think that a large part of the reason that I have no interest in drinking is because of the effects of being in a foster family. I have seen what terrible things alcohol and drugs can do, and I think that in the back of my mind, I never wanted to get anywhere near either of those things. Sure, I’m a legal adult and can have an alcoholic beverage now and then if I wanted to, but I guess I just don’t see a need for it. It might be nice to find a drink that I like, just in case I go out to dinner with friends in my adult life and we go out for drinks or something, but it’s honestly not that important to me.
I’ve grown up seeing what a rough start to life drug babies have, and the way that alcohol can change a parent into someone who can’t even take care of their own child. I’ve seen how parents’ actions affect their children, and in turn, what being put into foster care does to those children. I’d like to think that the kids who have been placed with us over the years have been extremely lucky, and that we’ve provided them with an excellent home away from home, but it’s still really difficult for them to be uprooted from the only life that they know, and placed in a home with strangers, even if they do grow to love our family in the long run.
We’ve learned about the effects of drugs and alcohol over the years in different school settings, but I’ve been learning more since before I was even in school. It amazes me sometimes to think about all of the horrible things that I have learned about or seen over the years, but I know that being part of a foster family has made me a better person in the long run. For anyone considering becoming a foster parent, and wondering how that will impact the children you already have at home, I can promise you that it is beneficial to see what the rest of the world can be like.
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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.