I had my first baby at 19, my second at 36.

In the years between, I became guardian to my niece and gained two step-children.

In a few short years, I’ve gone from a family of two to a family of seven. I’ve experienced all the usual hurdles that family life brings plus a few that are unique to kinship care, blended families and special guardianship.

I don’t profess to be an expert in these areas - I’m learning as I go. This is me sharing my experiences for anyone with a similarly crazy modern family.

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