The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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The Great Escape
When I got off social media, things got real
author image Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life.

I like social media, I really do. Who doesn’t enjoy a platform where one can brag about their food, overexpose personal relationships, and have fruitless arguments with strangers? Social media helps you stay connected with your friends and up-to-date... [more]

Transformation Transformation
Digging Up Buried Feelings - Birth of an Activist - From Player to Girlfriend - Beyond the Gender Binary - Hiding Behind Makeup - ALSO: Book Review: A Stone of Hope PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Movie Review: <em>The Florida Project</em> Alexus reviews The Florida Project, which follows a 6-year-old girl living in a motel with her fun but irresponsible mother. Alexus sees parallels with her own childhood. [more]
Foster Care: A Weird Ride The author never finds the support and love he needs in foster care. Instead he learns not to depend on anyone else. [more]
Making the Best Out of Foster Care The author opts for a group home rather than a "fake family" of foster parents and tries to take full advantage of what the system offers. [more]
Respect, Listen: A Longtime Child Welfare Worker on What Works Tayia interviews MyraMae King, who worked in child welfare for almost 40 years. King shares suggestions including involving birth parents more and helping youth stay in touch with all good caregivers. [more]
Not Ready to Feel It All Yet The author goes into care for five months with little explanation. He copes by narrowing his vision down to doing well in school and trying not to worry about what he can't control. [more]
5 Things Foster Parents Should Do Sedrick takes bad foster care experiences and turns them into concrete suggestions to help foster parents make youth feel more welcome and safe. [more]
Mentors Get and Give A mentor program in New York City features one-on-one outings between mentor and mentee, but also group meetings where everybody shares experiences and advice. [more]
Why Can’t Kinship Care Be More Like a Normal Family? This writer from California lives with her grandparents and is frustrated by kinship care rules like no sleepovers and keeping curfews. [more]
When a Staff You Love Leaves Zariah is placed in a home for pregnant and parenting teens and hates it. She connects with only one staff, who supports and advises her, but then quits without saying goodbye. [more]
The System Hasn’t Served My Family Tayia went into care as a child, then was returned to her mother. She takes issue with how child welfare handled all of it and says what might have helped her. [more]
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