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Over the course of my lifetime, when people first hear about how my family lives our lives, many say how blessed these children are to have my parents caring for them. And true, I think that my parents are incredible people and go above and beyond for all of my nineteen siblings. But the truth is that we are blessed to have these children in our lives.
Our lives are touched by each and every child who comes into our home, no matter how long they stay with us. Each child impacts us in some way. We learn about a new situation that the biological family is going through, and find out about a topic that we never knew about. We see how resilient children can be in the face of scary change and new beginnings. We see that all children, no matter how small, have their own feelings and opinions that need to be paid attention to, when other people don’t listen to what they want.
I’ve learned a lot from each of my siblings, and I know that my parents have as well. I have certainly realized how lucky I am to have not dealt with any of the situations that my siblings have been in, and it has taught me to appreciate what I have in life.
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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.