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Issue #125 (Summer 2016) issue cover
Into Care, Or Not?

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Bahata details how her worker Emily stuck by her even when she AWOLed and misbehaved. She realizes that Emily is part of her chosen family. (full text)

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Some Represent writers are furious about being placed in care, while others are grateful. Their stories in this issue suggest that older foster youth should have more say in their fate. (full text)

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The author has been in care most of his life. He loves his biological parents and sees them often, but gets more support and encouragement from his foster mom. (full text)

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The author's mother beats her and leaves her alone, which she says is normal in their home country, Haiti. The author goes into care for three years. (full text)

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Erica ages out of care pregnant and has three more children. The foster care system provides her with services to help her parent better. (full text)

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Selena's early life is full of abuse and cruelty. She is adopted by a loving family at age 16 and learns about consistency, connection, and working through problems. (full text)

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This story from Youth Today examines programs that aim to help struggling families and keep kids out of care. (full text)

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N.V. is let down repeatedly by her mom, before and after she goes into care. As a teen, she realizes she'll never get the mothering she longs for. (full text)

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K.O.'s mother works nights and leaves the writer to take care of her younger siblings at age 11. This leads them into foster care. (full text)

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Trey goes into care at age 8. He never stops missing his mother and plans to sign himself out of care at 18 to reunite with her. (full text)

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A caseworker shares insights from her years working in the foster care system, including that money is crucial and that nothing can replace a good parent. (full text)

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The author 's mom swings wildly from sweet to violent. The author wants her family but at 19, decides to opt for the benefits of foster care. (full text)

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The activities for youth include planning and building their futures like a Tetris game and defining what family really means. (full text)
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