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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Issue #136 (Spring 2019) issue cover
The Foster Parents We Need

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Ms. Yolanda rubs Danielle the wrong way at first, but then gives her a chance and some good advice. (full text)

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The introduction to this issue pulls out solid advice for foster parents based on foster youths' experience, both good and bad. (full text)

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Lance struggles with anger and blows it with a good foster family. He learns from caring adults and his own self-observation to identify and control his feelings. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Stephen Hamner works at a large foster care agency in New York. He lays out what he expects of foster parents and what they should know about foster youth. (full text)

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Angie is raised by a Puerto Rican mom who's a Jehovah's Witness. In care, she's placed with a Haitian Christian and then a Muslim and finds that she loves learning about new cultures. (full text)

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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. (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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Until she's 19, Alexus has never lived with an adult who talked about her job. In her new home, her foster mom talks about work and gives her helpful advice. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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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. (full text)

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Bella's mom dies, leaving her alone with her mom's abusive partner. When she goes into care, she's sent to a residential facility where she longs for quiet and privacy. (full text)

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The first activity helps youth talk about who they trust and why. The second activity uses the "anger iceberg" to explore the other emotions that lie underneath anger. (full text)
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