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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Have you ever heard foster care mentioned in the news? Or seen a movie where kids go into foster care? The majority of the media shows foster care in a negative light.
It's funny how little the public knows about foster care. Most of what people think they know about foster care comes from the media, which means that people usually have the wrong idea about what my family does.
In the news, there are always stories of people who supposedly do foster care "for the money," but don't really care about the kids. Well, I've talked about how little foster parents are given from DSS... That means that there's no way that people are in it for the money. But nonetheless, you hear these horror stories in the news. People take in kids and make them live in the basement, not part of the family, and not treated like equals.
The same thing happens in the movies. I remember this one time seeing part of a movie (it must have been something that my mom was watching, and I came in halfway)... The foster kids were kept in the basement and were being mistreated, and they ended up running for their lives to get out of this horrible situation.
What I'd like to know is why are foster kids always portrayed as being kept in a basement?! That's always something I tell people when I'm talking about foster care: I don't even have a basement! It's such a weird misconception. So no, don't just believe anything you hear or see in the media. There is so much more to foster care.
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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.