Backdrop system - PLEASE HELP

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Backdrop system - PLEASE HELP

Im shopping for backdrops and/or support system. Up until now I have just used a reversible white/black 5×7 collapsible. I have had a few requests to do "school photos" for kids so I was just going to get another collapsible backdrop, but textured reversible blue and gray....then it hit me that I should maybe get a system. Hoping yall can help!!
NEEDS:
>> I will be using backdrop for both individual head shots (more than anything) and small groups/family.
*Must be portable - preferably easily portable.
*Must be moderately budget friendly. I am not a full time pro. I basically just do paid shoots to pay for my photography addiction ;). I saw some backdrops are like $500. Nope. Not happening.
***MUST be solid and safe. I often photograph kids. Having something that can fall on a child is unacceptable.
*I would like it to be adjustable. I noticed a lot of backdrop supports are 10' wide. I would like that option, but I would also like if it could adjust to, say, 5' wide.
*I prefer it to be able to pack away nice and neat.
*Right now I just need a "school photo" style textured background. Prob a gray and a blue. I will likely add if I go with support system down the road.

*If I get a support system, can I also use seamless paper, or is that too heavy for stands?
*also add brackets, clamps etc for hair light as I know sometimes they can be attached to background support.

Any suggestions for a solution would be GREATLY appreciated.

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