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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School Is My Life Raft
Education was the way out.
author image The author is taken from her mom against her will. While in care, she keeps herself going by focusing on what she can control—doing well in school.

Going into care changed the way I viewed the world. I didn’t want to be like the other kids in my foster care agency who did drugs and dropped out of school. From the moment I was removed from my mother’s house... [more]

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A Role Model Confronted with racism and loneliness, Gabrielle drops out of college. Back home, she works hard to turn her life back around, inspiring her little sister and other Latinas in care. [more]
Powerful Attachments Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them [more]
She Couldn’t Make Me Hate My Brother Hector's mother abuses him and his twin physically and emotionally. Hector finally escapes and then heals himself with writing and finding adults he can trust. [more]
LGBTQ Superhero Tamya is teased when it's revealed at school she has a crush on a girl. She comes out and stands up to the haters. [more]
I Do Better Accepting My Depression Than Fighting It D.C.M. realizes she has depression when she's in high school and is filled with self-loathing. Two good therapists help her be more kind to herself. [more]
Empowering Expressions Andrew stumbles upon a mural that speaks to him more than words can; he also makes art to express his own emotions. [more]
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From Near Death to a Better Life Chantel is let down by her mother, then her foster mother and stops caring about anything. An overdose wakes her up to her potential. [more]
Trying to Make Up Lost Time When the writer’s mom is released from prison after nine years, it takes time for the two to adjust. Although the writer remains guarded, she is open to building a closer relationship. [more]
A Player Tries to Change Her Ways N.V. has been hurt by uncaring parents and foster care. Tired of jumping from girl to girl, she tries to be a steadier girlfriend, but it's harder than she expects. [more]
Home Base The writer goes through a lot of tribulations after she ages out -- money and job troubles, bad roommates, and mental health issues. Through it all, her apartment holds her down [more]
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