Let's say, you have a sibling who bred irresponsibly and had several unplanned children with multiple deadbeat partners, Has sole custody of all the kids, and wants you to take care of the kids on the off-chance that they pass away? Y'know-cause you don't have kids, so it's not like you've got anything to do. They dont want to burden the other sibs who already have kids. They're busy. Besides, you're fambly!! Now, assuming you are childfree by choice, and have been responsible all your life, making sure not to have accidental children, what would you do? Would you take on the kids, or pass on the responsibility? Btw: your whole family thinks you should be the one to do it because you don't have kids.
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I kind of worried years ago that this might happen to us with my SIL. She was considering going back into the military and was afraid we would end up with a couple of her kids for at least a couple of years because the dad was in jail. Luckily her kids are grown now. I think for me it depends on how much of a connection I had with the kids themselves. If I really had a connection with them, and had finances to do it, and there only option was me or a questionable foster family, I would consider stepping up. I would try to find another option though, even if that meant financial support with someone else doing the primary raising of the kids. If I had no connection or a bad connection to the kids, then I would prolly help out with what I could do, but wouldn't take the kids. I wouldn't feel that you HAVE to do it though, only if you wanted to.
I would pass on the responsibility. If you have decided that you don't want to raise even one child of your own, what magic switch are you supposed to flip to make you want to raise SEVERAL of someone else's children?
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