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Teacher Lesson Return to "She’s Gay—And the Best Foster Mom I Know"
She’s Gay—And the Best Foster Mom I Know
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Arelis Rosario writes about her sister’s foster mother, Mary. She’s the best foster mom Arelis has ever known, and she just happens to be gay.

Prompts for discussion and/or writing:

--Why does Arelis like Mary? How does she say Mary is different from other foster parents she’s had?

--How does Mary solve problems in her foster home? How does that compare with the way your foster parents solve problems in your home?

--How does Mary make the holidays special for her foster children?

--Writing: Do you want to be a foster parent someday? If so, why? If not, why not?

Roleplay: Arelis and a social worker from her agency. The social worker doesn’t like Mary as a foster parent because she’s a lesbian. Arelis wants the social worker to know why being a lesbian has nothing to do with being a good foster parent.
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