Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
It's July already, can you believe it? We're officially in the month during which our big move will occur. Things are starting to move quickly around here, and our storage units are so full that the boxes of packed things are starting to stack up around the house as well.
So tonight I figured that I would share a story regarding the placement of two of my foster siblings. The reason for them being put into the system always stuck with me, because they had a much better story than most of my other siblings. Unlike the foster care stories you hear that involve abuse or neglect, these kids were actually being looked after.
My foster siblings were four years old and a newborn, a little girl and her baby brother. In this particular instance, only one of the parents wasn't caring for the children. The mother loved her kids and looked out for their safety and best interest, but the father was abusive. However, the father didn't abuse the children; he was only abusive toward his wife. When he became more violent, breaking a window for example, the mother got in touch with C.P.S. herself in order to protect her children.
We took in those two children while their mother got her life back together. She was so thankful to us, and she was the only biological parent in all of our years of foster care with whom we met up regularly, outside of the children's visits with their parents. We met up with her for breakfasts and gave her lots of pictures; we felt comfortable around her, and enjoyed getting together with her so she had extra time with her kids.
Part of the court-mandated requirements that this mother had to fulfill in order to regain custody of her children was to divorce her husband. I don't remember the other specifics, but the kids were with us for about a year while the mother proved that her home was safe enough for them to come home. They were such sweet kids, and we really enjoyed watching them grow while they were with us. We helped to keep them safe and healthy and provided a stable home for them while their mom got everything in order. This included keeping them safely away from their paternal grandmother, who wanted to steal the kids away from us and return them to her son. No, seriously, she tried to steal the baby once... He was hospitalized with RSV (the same thing my little sister had at Christmastime) shortly after the kids came to live with us, and the grandmother tried to smuggle him right out of the hospital!! Sometimes being part of a foster family can expose you to some really crazy stuff!
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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.