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A Parent’s Road to Recovery
Therapy and support groups helped me heal and get my kids back
author image This reprint from Rise magazine is by a mom who drank to blur problems in her life and lost her children. She explains how the tough love of a counselor and women's support group helped her get clean.

When my daughter Rosemarie was 5 years old, she told me that her father was sexually molesting her when she went on weekend visits. As soon as she told me, I took Rosemarie... [more]

Inside Voices Inside Voices
Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, teen writers will cover social isolation, foster care, remote learning, and loss, along with tips for how they're staying sane. [more stories]

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Three Generations of Substance Abuse The writer's mom was very abusive when she drank, and the writer went into care. Her mother slowly got sober, and the family was reunited, but it wasn't a happy ending. [more]
Interventions Helpful and Not In the third of K.G.'s stories, she evaluates all the interactions she had with child welfare workers around her mother's alcoholism. She turns her experience into useful tips for workers. [more]
Forgiving My Mother The author's mother abused him when she was drunk and high, and he went into care. An illness in their family makes him realize he'd rather forgive her than stay mad. [more]
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What Happened After Rehab After inpatient rehab, K.G.'s mom quickly relapses. K.G. realizes that she can't make her mom stop drinking and that she shouldn't keep hiding her situation from others. Second of three stories. [more]
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Karli and Her ‘For-Now Family’ A.H. interviews Kama Einhorn, creator of Karli, a new Muppet who's in foster care because her mom suffers from addiction. Kama explains how to explain addiction to very young children. [more]
Something You Can’t Fix Advice from an expert on what young people should know and do if their parents have a substance abuse problem, including how to handle reunifying with parents after leaving foster care. Reprinted from FCYU-2007-09-07. [more]
Mother to My Mom K.G. tries to counteract the terror of seeing her mother disappear into addiction and her discomfort when social workers show up in their home. The first of her three stories in the issue. [more]
Fair Futures: Coaches for Youth Fair Futures is a New York City program that provides foster youth and former foster youth with an education coach from 9th grade to age 26. [more]
A Year in the Dorm Project Ericka tries the Dorm Project for a year. She experiences sexual harassment, verbal abuse, identity theft, and other affronts. She likes her tutor but not living in the dorm. [more]
Get Help With Everything College Options is a college prep program free to all New York City students. Also listed here are other free education programs. [more]
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