Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
I'm excited to share another interview for my Foster Parent Friday series tonight! Sarah, a foster mom in England, was nice enough to share some of her thoughts on foster care. Though she's still relatively new to being a foster parent, Sarah had some wonderful answers and I'm happy to have another interview to share with you all!
How long have you been a foster parent?
Do you do respite, short-term, or long-term care?
"[We are] approved to do all [but we are] currently long-term with our foster son."
How many children have you taken in over that period of time?
"Our current is [our] third."
Do you limit your care to a certain age group? If so, what ages do you take in?
"Nope, open to all."
Have you ever adopted any children? If so, how many?
Did you have any biological children when you started foster care? If so, how many? How old were they at the time?
"Yes, our [biological] son who was 2 at the time."
What were your biggest concerns as you started your foster care journey?
"That we would struggle to treat another child as our own and that our own son would resent us for fostering."
What is the biggest lesson you learned from being a foster parent?
"That one person who makes an effort with a child has the ability to change their life completely. And that our son has benefited massively rather than suffer as I felt he would!"
Is there anything you would change about your experience as a foster parent?
"I would do it sooner!"
Do you have any words of wisdom for future or new foster parents?
"Persevere even when it's hard; if you show [the kids that] you are sticking with them, even when they've pushed you to your absolute limit, they will settle."
I was glad to hear that Sarah's son has benefited from having foster siblings, as I obviously know how amazing it can be to grow up in a foster family as well. I think that a lot of people worry that their biological children will feel left out or won't like having new children in the house or something, and so they don't go through with becoming foster parents. Part of my goal in starting this blog was to show just how incredible foster care can be and what a wonderful impact it can have on the biological children in the foster family; I can only hope that I've been able to show that to some degree over the time that I've been blogging.
Are you a foster parent who is interested in doing an interview for Foster Parent Fridays? Send me a message through my Contact page and I'll give you the details! I'm looking forward to sharing more interviews in the future to showcase the perspectives of other foster parents!
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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.