Growing up in Missouri City, Texas, Chad Bailey was separated in age with his two older siblings, leaving a strong connection not as present. But at 7 years old, Bailey’s mother made the decision to add to their family and become a foster home.
Over the next 11 years, before his commitment to Missouri, Bailey had countless foster brothers come through his home. And not once did he find himself against his mother’s choice, adding that he was never skeptical or cautious of having another person join his family.
“At first, I thought I was gonna get a little brother, but it actually came out that the first foster child we had was like 2 years older than me, but he was still cool,” Bailey said when discussing his excitement of meeting his first foster brother.
Even with new additions to the family, Bailey never felt his connection lost with his mom. Foster children are designated time to visit their biological families, leaving him with the chance to still have one-on-one time with his mother.
“No matter if you’re a foster child or a blood child, (my mom) treats her children the same,” Bailey said. “We always got the same amount of time.”
When asked about how many foster brothers he’s had over the last decade, Bailey laughed and said he’s asked that a lot. He doesn’t know the exact number, but with at least 15 foster brothers coming through his home and with some starting their adult lives since, Bailey and his mother stay in contact with some families by which they’ve been adopted.
Bailey said he can’t sit there and say he’s kept in full contact with every foster brother that has come through his home, but he and his mother have received numerous photos, leaving Bailey taken aback by how many have grown since they left his home.
“As a foster brother and my mom being a foster parent, you have to be that person to step in and show them that you still have a family and that you’re still loved by someone and that you have somebody that will take care of you,” Bailey said.
Bailey’s mother fosters the same brothers Bailey had in his high school years, but as he moved onto college football, he didn’t find himself contributing to foster care in the same capacity he did at home.
Name, image and likeness contracts headlined college athletics heading into the 2021 season, and as the offseason kicked in soon after, Bailey joined his fellow teammates in Night of Champions, an event in which foster children from Coyote Hill run through a practice and drills …….