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Fixing Foster Care
Five ways to improve the system
author image Virgen pinpoints five big problems she experienced in foster care. For each one, she offers suggestions for system change and suggestions for things youth can do.

I went into foster care when I was 13. I suddenly had to live a different life, without parents. I didn’t go to a regular school; I’d get dropped off at a stranger’s house to live; I had meetings with caseworkers, social workers, lawyers, therapists... [more]

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A Desire to Make a Difference: Gladys Carrión Jazmine interviews the Commissioner of New York's Administration for Children's Services. Commissioner Carrión talks about how to improve social-emotional well-being for youth in care, jobs, and housing. [more]
You Can’t Keep Her Down Victor reviews Rosie Perez's memoir of growing up in a group home where nuns abused her. Despite all her achievements, Perez suffers PTSD and depression and finally gets therapy years later. [more]
Pushing for Healthy Food In My Group Home The author is dismayed by the greasy, fatty food and lack of vegetables in her group home. She persists in asking for healthier food -- and succeeds! [more]
The Point of Trust The author endures a sexual assault when she's 8, and some of her family blames her. She slowly learns who she should trust and benefits from opening up to the right people. [more]
The Path to Advocacy Five youth advocates, ages 21-30, who were themselves in foster care, discuss how they told their own stories, learned to communicate effectively, began helping others, and their ideas for system change. [more]
What Helped Me When I Was Homeless Three teens who have been homeless share their stories and offer advice to those who may find themselves in unstable living arrangements. [more]
Nowhere to Go At 16, Vanessa moves here from Mexico to escape persecution for being gay. She describes her journey from homelessness to foster care, and finally to stability and independence. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. [more]
The Power of No This writer’s first sexual encounter with a boy is nothing like the romantic experience she envisioned. When he doesn't listen to her refusal, she kicks him out. [more]
Representing Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. [more]
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