'Are You Babysitting' — A Story Of Black Woman That Decided To Parent Three White Kids Proving Love Doesn't See Color
Oct 15, 2020 by apost team
Love knows no ethnicity, religion or nationality. Although she is often asked if her children are hers, Ohioan Treka Engleman doesn't let the comment affect her or her children's happiness. Treka, a math teacher, became a foster mom from age 21, saying she had no specifications about the childrens' gender or race. She then decided to officially adopt the children in 2019, providing them with a loving home.
Treka Engleman didn't have an easy childhood. She is the youngest of 11 siblings and her mother passed away when she was only six years old, Metro reports. Although the loss of their matriarch hurt the Engleman family deeply, they always cared for one another and did the best they could to make their unconventional situation work.
Treka knew that she wanted to be there for children who'd lost their parents when she grew up. This is why she applied to be a foster mother at the tender age of 21-years-old. In her application, Treka chose not to make any requests for a child of any particular race. Instead, she just wanted to be there for any young person who needed her as reported here in The Atlanta Black Star.All photos were used with the explicit permission of Treka Engleman
A five-day-old baby boy named Elijah was soon placed in Treka's care, according to The Atlanta Black Star. Treka cared for him as if he were her very own. Later, two sisters named Mercedes and Alexis, were placed in Treka's loving home.All photos were used with the explicit permission of Treka Engleman
The little family got along beautifully and Treka felt nothing but maternal love for her three foster children. However, this family was unusual in the eyes of many. While Treka is African-American, Elijah, Mercedes and Alexis are Caucasian.
“Yes I’ve had my fair share of stares while we’re out in public, but we just keep walking by unbothered,” she wrote on Love What Matters. “I’ve had people ask me, ‘Oh, are you babysitting?’ and my response is no, they are my children. No questions asked. I never say ‘foster children,’ but my children. Because that’s what they are and always will be.”
"Love has no color in my home and they are loved unconditionally," Treka added.
Last year, Treka was thrilled to legally adopt her three children.
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