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Today, I thought I would talk about some of the struggles that my previous foster siblings have faced coming into our home. I think that one of the most prominent struggles that I have seen would be drug addiction. On more than one occasion, we have had babies placed with us who were born addicted to drugs because their mothers were using while pregnant.
When babies are born, they are tested for drugs in their system right away. If traces of drugs are found, then the babies are immediately taken into state custody and put into a foster home upon their discharge from the hospital. We have had more than one baby come to us directly out of the hospital at just a few days old. Each drug addicted newborn has the same general qualities present that show their drug addiction, but each case is slightly different. The babies have very stiff muscles and it’s hard to move their legs or arms. Babies who aren’t born addicted to drugs are actually very flexible, but the opposite is the case for babies born with addictions. The babies also have to go through that period of withdrawal from the drugs in their system, so they cry much more than other babies and they are very tense.
It’s really sad to see babies go through withdrawal, because they haven’t done anything bad and yet they are punished at the very start of their lives. The only thing you can do for them is to comfort and love them. It’s hard to watch them go through this stage, but my family has experienced this enough times to understand how to be there for them.
Drug addiction has a lasting impact on these children as well, like the fact that they can be developmentally behind in many areas of life. Taking in foster children who have been affected directly, or even indirectly, by drug use leaves a lasting impression on you.
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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.