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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Adoption (9 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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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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Selena suffers terrible abuse from an early age, then is moved to 16 different foster homes in two years. Then she finds a foster mother who sticks with her and eventually adopts her. (full text)
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Jarel’s grandmother adopts him after years in foster care, but they still have a rocky relationship. (full text)
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Lishoné interviews an adult expert about why it’s important for adoptive families to get support. (full text)
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After her biological mother disappears, Lishoné has a hard time adjusting to her adoptive family. (full text)
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Otis has little memory of his biological dad, but the brief time he had with a loving adoptive father taught him lessons he still remembers. (full text)
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Manny slowly develops a bond with his foster mom, who plans to adopt him. (full text)
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Although she’s spent years in foster care, the author fears losing her identity if she is adopted. (full text)
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Juelz finds acceptance and support in his new foster family, which helps improve his self-esteem. (full text)

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