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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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I’ve been talking about my siblings’ adoptions lately, and I thought I’d stick with that subject a while longer.
The first time we experienced an adoption, my brother was being adopted. He was in first grade. When my sister was adopted, she was also in first grade. My other brother was adopted in kindergarten. They all knew that they were being adopted at the time, though they might not have known exactly what adoption meant. I guess we have just always talked about foster care and their adoptions as they’ve gotten older, so in time, they have realized exactly what being adopted means.
My little sisters were two years old when they were adopted. The only thing that they knew at the time was that they got to wear pretty, poofy, very pink dresses that day. They also got new baby dolls. Other than that, they had no idea what was going on. Unlike my other siblings, they couldn’t understand what a courthouse was, or that we were supposed to be quiet and listen there. In the courtroom, they were scooting back and forth all over the benches in the back of the room, instead of sitting nicely with my parents in the front. They didn’t understand the severity and significance of the day.
So now I wonder about the future… Will my parents one day sit down with my little sisters and tell them that they are adopted? Will the girls just kind of figure it out as they get older, without ever being explicitly told? I don’t know, because we’ve never been in this situation before. But I think about it every once in a while, and wonder what the future holds in that area of life.
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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.