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Issue #121 (Summer 2015) issue cover
Ending the Cycle

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Devonte describes how a caring staff member helped him figure out his goals and how to reach them. (full text)

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The bond between a parent and child is powerful and lasting. When this bond is disrupted by abuse or neglect, young people need to make other connections to heal -- and to be good parents themselves. (full text)

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After being repeatedly disappointed by his mother, C.F. ultimately finds other, more caring adults to open up to. (full text)

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Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them (full text)

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Without a mother, Victoria went from one bad living situation to another, which made everything else hard. A good foster mother helped her find her talents and make friends. (full text)

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Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. (full text)

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The author's mom abuses her, and she goes into care. She finally gets a loving foster mom, but then her biological mom wants her back. (full text)

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Sharlene chooses to go into care when her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She gets a good foster mom, but she acts out and has to move. (full text)

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Psychologist Sylvia Lester explains how to distance yourself from past abuse. (full text)

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Mothers who had their children taken away describe how they are now helping other mothers in the same circumstances. (full text)

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A young mother grows to trust her foster parents and let them love her son. (full text)

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How Would You Improve Foster Care? (full text)

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Brittany assesses the parenting she got from her father and her mother and decides which things she'll take from them when she has her own children. (full text)

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The activities let the youth describe good and bad parenting and how that affects a child. They also explore how to establish boundaries with parents who hurt them. (full text)
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