Foster Homes (22 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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Youth in care know more about the foster care system than anyone. In this issue, they offer suggestions on how to improve it. (full text)
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Tayia went into care as a child, then was returned to her mother. She takes issue with how child welfare handled all of it and says what might have helped her.
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One group activity encourage youth to turn their own complaints about foster care into suggestions for their agencies. The other asks teens to write up what staff did right. (full text)
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Daisy moves so many times in foster care that she stops saying goodbye or keeping in touch with people. When she finds a supportive family, she vows to better stay connected. (full text)
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After being repeatedly disappointed by his mother, C.F. ultimately finds other, more caring adults to open up to. (full text)
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Chris explains how group home staff Ms. Wilson made him feel at home. (full text)
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Leah endures 20 different foster care placements, all bad, until she moves in with Beatriz and Frankie at age 14. Beatriz teaches Leah about trust, self-respect, and love. (full text)
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Samantha's foster mother sends her mixed signals, and Samantha is not sure how much she can count on her support after she ages out of care. (full text)
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Samantha finally gets her own place in a Supported Independent Living Program (SILP). A few months later, ACS closes SILPs and she has to go back to living with a foster parent. (full text)
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When Joy gets kicked out of a foster home she likes and goes to her 16th placement in six years, she realizes she has to follow rules she might feel are unfair. (full text)
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When the author learns she is being moved to a new foster home, she throws a tantrum. Then she gets the decision reversed, and learns there's more power in advocating calmly than in going ballistic. (full text)
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After years of living with abuse, the writer hopes he’ll move past his anger in a new home. (full text)
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Hattie's relationship with her latest foster mother bends but doesn't break. (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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Miguel is constantly bullied by the other residents in his group home. He longs for the love and security of a foster home. (full text)
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Arelis loves visiting her sister’s foster home. The foster mother, Mary, is warm and caring, and just happens to be gay. (full text)
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When Aurora enters a foster home she expects her foster mother to cook for her, but soon finds out she's expected to make her own meals. The other girls in the home teach Aurora to cook, and in the process she forms friendships with women her age for the first time. (full text)
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Marcus, a foster youth, is hurt by the way his peers associate bad behavior with being in foster care. But when he overhears a girl gossiping maliciously about a foster child in her family, it's the "normal kid" who's acting like a "problem child." (full text)
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Selena struggles in school because of the trauma of foster care -- being abused, switching homes and schools all the time. She resists an IEP, but flourishes once she has one. (full text)
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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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The author feels isolated at school, partly because of abuse at home. She makes a friend and tells him ALMOST everything. She discovers he's held back some secrets too. (full text)
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The writer never imagines she’ll end up in foster care, but when she does, she discovers its benefits, like dental care and money for college. (full text)