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8-year-old author writes book on foster care, adoption

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Outside Edgerton Elementary, it’s not unusual to find 8-year-old Lilly Colley reading.

The third-grader is an author.

Like many before her who have put pencil or crayon to paper, something inspired her.

"My mom wanted to be a parent and she couldn't so we started fostering and I thought it would be cool to write a book in school and I decided to write about fostering," Colley said.

Colley's biological parents are divorced. Her father and his new wife have adopted several children, which encouraged Lilly to paint a positive picture of adoption in her book.

“Well if they need to be cared for, it's because their parents have not known how to do that, so they have to improve. So other people take care of them make them happy and have a good life," Colley said.

Colley's book is complete with her words and her drawings that depict the right way to treat a child in foster care.

The book is called: "Not by blood, by heart."

It all started with a classroom assignment from Mary Toll, Colley’s second-grade teacher.

"I was so pleased when she finished the book and I suggested you need to get this book published," Toll said.

Colley didn’t stop at adoption, she also tackled bullying. She said she doesn’t want to see anyone taken advantage of, especially if it’s a foster brother or sister.

"I try to make sure that they're OK every day and how their day was and what they do, all of that,” Colley said. “And if something going wrong I would tell mom and dad about it because they could handle it because I don't how to handle it yet".

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