"Vroom! Vroom!" Masiya, a 5-year-old boy with brown curls, races his toy truck across the dining room floor. "Wait! I didn't say go yet!" protests his 3-year-old sister, Esmeralda. Ida Peterson's Brooklyn, NY, home is in its usual state of happy chaos. The smell of curried chicken stew wafts through the house, and the boy shouts a request for a doughnut. "No, Masiya," his mom, Sade Drew, answers, popping out of the kitchen. She's young, with giant hoop earrings. "You'll ruin your appetite for lunch." Photo by Susan Pittard/Studio D; Hair and makeup by Crystal Jenkins
Ida, 54, is standing behind Sade. Esmeralda runs over and hugs her legs. "I loooove you, Ms. Peterson!" she says, getting a big squeeze in return. Sade smiles. In a sense, Ida is Esmeralda's foster grandma, ever since she agreed to be 19-year-old Sade's foster mom a year ago.
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