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Can you picture that one family, you know, the one family that everyone knows in which all members look exactly alike? Sometimes it’s a little creepy how similarly family members look to one another. Well in a foster family, or a family that has adopted children, often brothers and sisters don’t look alike, or look like their parents.
I have had siblings from every part of the skin tone spectrum, from pale (like myself) to olive skinned, tan, or brown. I have had siblings that look as if they could be biologically related to me, and other siblings that people would never guess were my brother or sister because we didn’t look anything alike. If people didn’t know us personally, they would automatically assume that my brother and I were biological siblings; we have always looked alike, from the blonde hair that we share with my mom, to the odd way we both had similar problems with the way our teeth grew in (and amazed the orthodontist!). I’ve always felt as though my brother was meant to be part of our family, and our similar appearances just showed what we felt on the inside. On the opposite end of the spectrum, I had a little sister when I was in elementary school who was African American. We looked like complete opposites, but we loved to dress up in the same clothes, and would often ask my mom to buy the same outfits in each of our sizes. People would look at us with odd expressions once in a while, not sure what to make of us, but we could care less what other people thought.
In a family where your siblings are adopted or in the foster care system, the odds of everyone looking alike are slim. But appearances don’t matter in our family, and they shouldn’t matter to anyone else. I’m proud to say that my family comes from many different backgrounds. We’re like the epitome of the American melting pot, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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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.