Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Whew, are my eyes tired! I spent hours tonight filling out forms and reading guidelines & handbooks with information I needed to know before starting my new job....and I'm still not finished!
Even though my eyes are bugging out from staring at the computer screen and reading a ton of text, each page of information built up more excitement inside me and I can't wait for the next step in this whole hiring process. I know the date that I'll be going to finish paperwork in person, and I have an approximate date for my orientation into the Disney Company... it's all becoming so real!
Filling out forms for taxes makes me think about dependents, and how many family members you have. How many times must foster parents change tax forms as their families increase and decrease in size? I mean, think about it for a minute; most families only grow once in a while with the addition of a new baby. What's the size of an average American family? Two kids? Three? Four? I know with six kids we're considered a large family, and that's obviously not counting all of the brothers and sisters whom I've said good-bye to over the years.
Foster families are constantly dealing with the addition and loss of children (and therefore, dependents) in their homes. One month you're responsible for supporting five children, the next you're only responsible for supporting two. It's amazing how different the family make-up can be in such a short period of time, depending on whether you take in emergency placements and short-term placements, or even provide respite care. Friends and extended family probably have a hard time keeping up with what kids you have in your house if you are a foster family; if you don't see them very often, your family members are probably different each time you get together.
I would also just like to mention that as a wonderful surprise, I got to talk to my best friend on the phone tonight!! He's super busy with school and work, so we usually just get to text once in a while, but tonight we were able to talk for almost an entire hour, which was fantastic! We keep talking about the possibility of him coming down to visit at some point, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that he'll be able to come down sooner rather than later. I would give anything for a hug from him!
Thank you so much for your continued support! I look forward to sharing more stories about my experience with foster care, and hopefully hearing from readers who have questions or similar stories to share. I'm always willing to answer questions and hear about other experiences! Please don't forget to like and share my Facebook author page as well!
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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.