I got a comment today that said “I’m sorry your experience sucked”; I thought it was cute and sweet.
…But, for me it was not the foster care experience that sucked, it was the fact that I was there at all was that sucked.
Not that I am saying it was like going to a 7 year sleep away camp filled with fun activities…oh, maybe it was JUST like a 7 year sleep away camp. And the best thing about it for my parents it was FREE. Good thing they wised up and learned how to use the system between the years they sent my sister to boarding school and me to foster care. Imagine all the extras they were able to afford for them selves with all of the boarding school tuition they saved.
I am very grateful to all of my non-parents and the influence they had on me, most of whom were amazing selfless people, and I credit those strangers for who I am today.
So, I didn’t have a bad foster care experience –being in foster care IS a bad experience.