“Oh, you do foster care?”

You probably know how those conversations go. You mention your family is a foster family and they cut you off with

“Oh, I thought about doing foster care”

Quickly followed by the cringe-worthy

“But I would just love the kids too much to give them back.”

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Life. Observed.

Life: humans, their stories, histories, ordinary-beautiful-everyday occurrences.

Observed: seen, recorded, recognized, honored.

“Life” is a broad topic, so let me narrow it down. My life is entwined in the workings of foster care. I am a biological child of a foster and adoptive family. The people I see- foster children, biological parents, social workers, guardian ad litems, etc, and the processes of the system- emergency placements, reunification, adoption, visits, court hearings, etc, are everyday things for me. It is a life different from others (each of our lives are) but one I hope to share with you here, at Life. Observed.