The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Issue #127 (Winter 2017) issue cover
The Search For Home

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Isaiah describes how staff member Ms. Gloria helps him with love and encouragement and by explaining how he can learn from his mistakes. (full text)

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This issue focuses on the practical aspects of finding a place to live after you age out as well as the emotional challenges of living on your own. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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At 28, former Represent writer Natasha has tried all kinds of living situations. A cooperative group house suits her the best. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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A report from Columbia Law School's Adolescent Representation Clinic offers housing solutions for youth aging out of care in New York City. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Sabatine, who's not in care, nonetheless has a traumatic upheaval when her family moves from Haiti to New York City. (full text)

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Paris gets shuttled around foster care feeling unloved and unlistened to. Ms. Howard is the first foster mother to ask him what makes him comfortable, and she earns his trust. (full text)

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Dennis grows up around gangs and falls into that lifestyle. Separated from his family, he finds support and guidance in a group home. (full text)

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When J.G. finally gets her own apartment at age 22, she thinks everything's finally OK. Instead, her years in care haunt her. (full text)

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Psychotherapists Sylvia Lester and Marina Stolerman of The Fostering Connection give tips on how to make a house or apartment a home and how to live on your own. (full text)

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Marlo has lived in an astonishing variety of places and has never known stability. At age 22, he gets an apartment and wonders what "home" and "family" mean. (full text)

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Mario reviews Mary Gaitskill's latest novel and finds to his surprise that he identifies with the abusive mom as much as the abused daughter. (full text)

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Zaniyah gets pregnant before she ages out, in part to have the family she didn't have in foster care. Her NYCHA apartment has problems, but it does have family. (full text)

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The activities help youth prepare to age out and let them decorate an apartment together. A bonus, online-only lesson encourages them to think 10 years into the future. (full text)
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