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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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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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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Anthony had a rough childhood and often retreated into daydreams to escape abuse. As he grows up, he pushes himself to live more in reality. (full text)
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Camilla's biological mother is uncooperative with foster care staff. Camilla must figure out how to draw boundaries to maintain a relationship. (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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After her biological mother disappears, Lishoné has a hard time adjusting to her adoptive family. (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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The writer, whose mother was 16 when she gave birth to her, argues that the children of teen moms often don’t receive the support they need. (full text)

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