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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Working As a Team
I was lucky my daughter had good foster parents and caseworkers
author image This reprint from Rise magazine is by a man whose daughter goes into care. He is grateful for the cooperation he gets from her foster mothers, which helps when his daughter comes home.

During my first visit with my baby daughter, I felt like a father again. Her eyes lit up and I felt she remembered me. I held her in my arms and swung her around... [more]

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Mutual Respect Tayia's foster mother has unfamiliar rules and expectations. Tayia details their misunderstandings and figures out how to make it work better with the next foster parent. [more]
I've Got Nothing to Be Ashamed of Wendolyn is brutally gang-raped on her 12th birthday. She slowly heals starting several years later through the help of a supportive boyfriend, therapy, church, and telling her story. [more]
Claiming the Life I Deserve Marreka gets the message young that her body is for adults to use. Molested at age 5, and trafficked as a young teen, she finally finds love and support at Gateways and GEMS. [more]
Who to Tell The author is molested by her mom's boyfriend, and her mom disbelieves and yells at her. She tries to tell a friend, who brushes it aside. Finally, she tells another friend, who is supportive and kind. [more]
Choosing Predators Over Girls A man who lives in her foster home gives the author money and helps her break house rules. When she hears he impregnated a foster daughter before, she realizes he's been "grooming" her for a sexual relationship. [more]
Misogyny Is Everywhere, Even in Me Ria examines how social media, her family, friends, and other aspects of society has influenced her negative attitudes toward women, including herself. [more]
How Good Therapy Can Treat Trauma in a #MeToo World Two therapists who specialize in trauma talk about why youth might minimize what they've been through and how misogyny and racism lead adults to underestimate and even blame youth for abuse they experience. [more]
My Leggings Are Too Sexy; His Tank Top Isn’t Jeimmy questions the fairness of her school’s dress code after she’s punished for a violation. She notices that the schoolwide policy only seems to apply to girls. [more]
Gateways: Where Girls Get Themselves Back Gateways is a program for victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC). Budy Garcia-Whitfield, LCSW, explains how she and other staff there help girls rediscover the best in themselves. [more]
A Better Man Than My Father The author is shocked to learn that his father has molested his sister -- and that their mother takes the father's side. The author has trouble mourning because of his father's contempt for emotion. [more]
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