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

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Changing Foster Placements (6 found)
Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
V.N. pinpoints five big problems she experienced in foster care. For each one, she offers suggestions for system change and suggestions for things youth can do. (full text)
A.C. goes into care and gets put on powerful psychotropic drugs. She is sad and lonely, but not, she tells her therapist, mentally ill. (full text)
Moving to different foster homes has disrupted the writer's education, but she still manages to graduate. (full text)
Manny slowly develops a bond with his foster mom, who plans to adopt him. (full text)
After her first day, Tamecka realizes her fears about living in a group home were unfounded. (full text)
Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. (full text)

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