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Kids say the darndest things — 3 Comments

  1. I LOVE THIS!!! When we were placed with our youngest foster son (4 weeks at the time) one of our Caucasian foster daughters (age 7) stared at him for the longest time then said admiringly, “His skin looks just like chocolate cake!” I love that sweet observance, and lack of self consciousness when discussing color. We are all unique but still the same, and it’s a blessing to have the opportunity to have kids of different colors get to know each other and care for each other under our roof. As of today, we have 2 Caucasian kids, 2 Hispanic kids, and an African American baby in our home. It’s perfectly normal to us, we call ourselves a patchwork quilt family. And quilts are very cozy!!

  2. Great stories. My wife and I have fostered teens and by the nature of their situations, except for siblings, it wasn’t advisable for us to have more than one at a time. Because they were mostly long term and we started late, we didn’t have that many. I have a novel out now that one of my foster daughters wanted me to write about her life. She’s 29 now, married with a son and a career as a medical assistant,and very much a daughter to us although she was never available for adoption. She and, for a time, her older sister as well. lived with us. They are Hispanic, we are not. Their religion is not the same as ours. We learned a lot from each other. The younger sister was abused in every which way from a very early age by her mother and her mother’s live in lover. A fugitive, he was captured when my daughter was with us put on trial. At 15, the poor kid had to testify for two days against him and her mom lied on the stand to protect the guy. He was convicted and his crimes against my daughter deemed so serious as to earn him the longest sentence in our state history of non-fatal child abuse, 60 years. In case anyone is interested, the title of the book is Crocodile Mothers Eat Their Young, pen name Avi Morris. The National Foster Parent Association has placed it on their suggested reading list. The hope is that the story will educate readers on child abuse and foster care.

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