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Providing for My Family
My experiences made me who I am.
author image Juan goes to work at age 14 in Guatemala, but he can't make enough to support his family. He immigrates to the U.S. and ends up in foster care.

I am proud to have been able to provide financially for my mother and sisters starting when I was 14 years old in Guatemala. When I was 13, my father returned to Guatemala after being deported... [more]

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Be a Bridge Three therapists who have worked with recent immigrants write about what their clients have been through and what therapeutic approaches help them adjust to their new lives. [more]
No Job, No Home, No Green Card The author, who has a son, doesn't learn until she's 19 that she doesn't have a green card. She scrambles to get that before she ages out. [more]
The Road to Esther Kaylee has worked with refugees for 12 years, helping connect them to families who can help them. Then she hears about Esther and decides to be her foster mom. [more]
Becoming Americans Together The author attends an International high school after immigrating from El Salvador. He speaks little English, but slowly makes friends from all over the world. [more]
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Leaving El Salvador Forever The writer makes wise decisions on his perilous journey crossing borders, deserts, and rivers to reunite with his parents in New York City. [more]
Cruel and Unusual: U.S. Immigration Policy Zachary introduces the immigration issue with a look at the illegal and immoral immigration policies of the Trump Administration--and how they violate international standards. [more]
‘We Can’t Continue,’ But I Did Esther has to flee political violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo after her parents are killed. She travels across many countries to the U.S., where she finds refuge. [more]
The Welcome Wagon JCCA's unaccompanied minors program gives asylum-seeking youth stability and care. Staff Dalia Johnson and Emmie Surinach share how they prepare young immigrants for life in the U.S. [more]
What We Might Not Say A former foster youth who now works in preventive services writes about his past. His experience helps him recognize how youth might be suffering in silence within their families. [more]
Slightly Open Arms Chantel is disappointed by a foster mother who seems great at first, but turns out to be an abusive drunk. It makes it hard for her to open up to anyone. [more]
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