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Unexpected Emotions
Getting an apartment didn’t end the pain
author image When J.G. finally gets her own apartment at age 22, she thinks everything's finally OK. Instead, her years in care haunt her.

I had a lot of trouble finding a place to live after I aged out. I got an Exception to Policy (ETP) that kept me in a foster home past my 22nd birthday. It wasn’t a happy home... [more]

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Ease the Path to Stable Housing in NYC A report from Columbia Law School's Adolescent Representation Clinic offers housing solutions for youth aging out of care in New York City. [more]
Choosing My Neighborhood Vanessa lives with relatives, friends, in group homes, in an office, in supportive housing, and finally in a market-rate apartment with friends, which is her favorite set-up. [more]
Where in the World Do I Belong? Sabatine, who's not in care, nonetheless has a traumatic upheaval when her family moves from Haiti to New York City. [more]
Finally, a Home The author raised her son to age 8 while she was in foster care. She's relieved when the two of them finally get their own home after she ages out. [more]
Not Just a Group House, A Way of Life At 28, former Represent writer Natasha has tried all kinds of living situations. A cooperative group house suits her the best. [more]
Aging Out Shouldn’t Be This Hard Sharlene does everything right as she prepares to age out. But things go wrong with her housing, benefits, and college, through no fault of her own. [more]
Why I Dropped Out Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. [more]
From ‘Unteachable’ to Graduate Chris suffers abuse at home, including his adoptive mom not accepting his gender identity. He nearly gives up on school, but in a small school for kids with emotional challenges, he thrives. [more]
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I Did It for My Mom Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. [more]
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Cracking the Tests The author tries and tries to pass her Regents: She hires a tutor, she adjusts her medication, she applies for an IEP. Finally she finds the right supports to pass and graduate. [more]
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