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A Foster Mom Becomes Family
Confidence and commitment.
author image The writer finds his first loving parent in foster care when he's a teen. Her acceptance helps him envision a better future for himself.

It is not easy for me to know what a good family is and where I should stay. When I was 15, I ran away from home because my parents beat me. I went to live with a family friend... [more]

When Mom Is Gone When Mom Is Gone
A Foster Mother Becomes Family - Living With Her Limits - No Grandma for My Daughter - Her Abuse Taught Me Violence - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Moving Beyond My Mother’s Limits When D. Morrison becomes depressed, her mother is unsympathetic and scornful. D. finds good therapists and learns not to make herself vulnerable to her mom and to accept her limits. [more]
If You Want Me To Listen to You, Listen to Me Robert's parents neglect and abuse him, and he's sent to a group home. Feeling unheard, he acts out until he receives love and attention from mentors, a therapist, and his grandmother. [more]
What I Got From My Two Foster Moms A.J. has a chaotic childhood with little nurturing. She finally gets support from two different foster moms, one young but maternal, the other older and confidence-building. [more]
The Keys to My Chains Elvia's mom dies when she's a senior in high school. In despair, she shuts down, but heals with the help of therapy, writing, and caring friends and mentors. [more]
Dad Didn’t Protect Me—But I Forgave Him Anyway The writer is prostituted by her parents, runs away, and then goes into care. Her father begs for forgiveness, and she decides that forgiving him will bring her some peace. [more]
Losing the Last of My Birth Family S.G.'s birth parents lost custody of her and her brother because they sold drugs in a gang. S.G. kept up with her brother after they went to separate homes and is heartbroken when he too joins the gang. [more]
Living in a Shelter Wasn’t As Bad as I Thought When Rianna's mom loses her job, the family has to move into a shelter. Of course it isn't like the comfort of home, but it's not the cramped, crowded, dirty place she expected. [more]
There Are Better Ways to Cope The writer is treated badly and inconsistently by her mother and grandmother. She cuts herself to relieve her pain, but moves toward stopping with the help of music, reading, and writing. [more]
Trying to Make Up Lost Time When the writer’s mom is released from prison after nine years, it takes time for the two to adjust. Although the writer remains guarded, she is open to building a closer relationship. [more]
I Can't Save My Sister The author's mother subjects the author and her twin sister to extreme abuse, which is worse when she drinks. The author gets herself to college after they go into care, but her sister slides into addiction. [more]
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