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Tonight I thought I would talk about why we started doing foster care seventeen years ago…
When I was two years old, my parents took me to the mall to get my picture taken. You know the photos that everyone used to have, like from Sears or JCPenny or something? Well anyway, my parents took me for one of those photos, and there was a family in front of us, going in for a family portrait. My parents weren’t really paying attention to them, more focused on each other and on me, but after a while, my mom noticed that some of the children hadn’t left the waiting room to go in for the picture. She thought that they hadn’t realized the family had walked into the other room, and told the kids to catch up with their family. Those kids told my mom that they weren’t going to be in the family picture because they were only the foster children.
Unaware of what the other was thinking, both my mom and dad kept those children in their thoughts the rest of the time we were at the mall. They couldn’t believe that anyone would leave their foster children out of the family. Sure enough, my parents discussed the matter, and thought that they would be willing to welcome children into their home and make them feel like a big part of the family.
My parents looked into foster care, and started taking classes to become foster parents. By the time I was three years old, they were certified to do foster care by the state of New York. I became a big sister for the first time shortly after that, and the rest was history… You’ll just have to stay tuned to find out more!
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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.