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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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In a little over a week, my family is going to attend the annual Foster Family Picnic in our area! It's a wonderful event, and we're excited to be attending once again.
I don't know if other places have get-togethers like this, but our county's DSS offices hold this picnic every year as a way for foster and adoptive families to come together for a day of fun. They rent bounce houses for the children, have face painting, the playground areas are enjoyed by toddlers and big kids alike, and they always have a police officer from the K-9 unit come by with one of their dogs to talk to people and show everyone some commands that the dog follows.
Of course, there's always a band playing music live while people eat and talk. We love seeing the band, because it's actually my mom's cousin's band! It's fun to see him and his band each year, and sometimes his whole family comes by. One of his band members actually used to be the head of our local DSS (well, I don't know what his official title was, but my dad was impressed because his name was on the letterhead when we got mail from DSS)!
We're also excited that our family friends will be going to the picnic this year with their first foster son. They went with us last year because they had started the process of becoming certified, but this is their first year as a real foster family. It will also be our last year attending the picnic before our big move, so it will be a really special day for us. It will be great to see all of the people who work at DSS who have helped our family over the years, and it'll be nice to be able to say good bye to everyone. There really are so many great people who have been part of our lives... We've even seen former caseworkers at picnics in the past. It's a really nice day and I'm looking forward to attending again!
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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.