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Respect, Listen: A Longtime Child Welfare Worker on What Works
One caseworker spills the tea.
author image 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.

MyraMae King spent about 40 years working in the child welfare field before she retired in 2012. She came to the Represent office... [more]

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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]
Let Me Grow Up Demetria's foster mom is loving and supportive but doesn't give Demetria the privacy or freedom that a teenager needs and that Demetria feels she has earned. [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]
Don’t Push Me Out, Push Me Forward Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. [more]
I Served Justice and Protected Other Children The author was sexually abused by her adopted father for several years. After she goes into care, she decides to testify about it, and sends a predator to prison. [more]
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