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I’ve written before about the visits that foster children go on with their biological parents. Normally, this is just a time when the parents and children can get together each week, and they go to the DSS offices or maybe to a park in the nice weather.
Whenever a child goes on a visit, my mom always tries to dress them nicely and give them (the girls at least) a cute hair style. I mean, she does this everyday, like she does with any other younger siblings I have at the time, but of course there are days when everyone just wears a t-shirt and gets a ponytail. On visit days, she always makes sure the kids look nice though.
Sometimes, my mom does something extra special for a visit, so that the parents can enjoy whatever big event is coming up in the child’s life. For example, tomorrow is Halloween, so of course my two-year-old foster sister is dressing up, just like the rest of the family. Unfortunately, Halloween is on a Friday, but my sister goes on visits on Thursdays. So my mom took extra time this morning to put my littlest sister in her Halloween costume a day early, so that she can go to the visit all dressed up. Her mom might not get to see her on Halloween, but at least she’ll still get to be a part of the experience if she sees her daughter in her costume.
I always feel bad in a way when the parents miss out on a holiday or birthday with their kids. I mean, I know that they obviously did something wrong if their children were taken away, but in the majority of cases we’ve dealt with, the parents realize that they need to shape up and they do the right thing to get their kids back. When they’re working so hard to be able to have their kids come home, I know it must be hard for them to not experience everything with their kids.
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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.