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Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Tonight, I thought I'd get back to foster care posts since the excitement of our vacation is wearing off somewhat. I wanted to talk a little bit about foster kids in school.
It was actually kind of funny, because before spring break, we thought we were going to get a new kid in our class. It turned out that it was a kid in the foster system and something happened where the child wasn't staying with that family which meant that we wouldn't be welcoming a new student to the class. This happens with foster kids; they switch between school districts whenever they go to a foster home, switch foster homes, or go home to their biological family.
I remember when I was in second grade and my foster sister was in first grade... She was in a different district by the time she hit the next grade. It must be really difficult to start in a new school where you don't know anyone, especially when you just joined a new family. I couldn't imagine the poor kids who get shipped around from foster home to foster home and need to start new schools all of the time.
It's so important for teachers and students to welcome new kids and not judge them on how they act when they first join the class. You just never know what a child's background is like. If a kid is acting up in school, maybe they just got removed from their home and placed with a foster family. They could be scared and confused, not knowing how to deal with their feelings. These kids need to be shown compassion and understanding so they can have time to adapt to their new environment. You just never know what a child's situation is upon first glance.
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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.