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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Note: These stories are from Represent and its sister publication, YCteen, which is written by New York City public high school students.
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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. (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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Demetria's foster mom is loving and supportive but doesn't give Demetria the privacy or freedom that a teenager needs and that Demetria feels she has earned. (full text)
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Sedrick takes bad foster care experiences and turns them into concrete suggestions to help foster parents make youth feel more welcome and safe. (full text)
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The author never finds the support and love he needs in foster care. Instead he learns not to depend on anyone else. (full text)
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The writer finds his first loving parent in foster care when he's a teen. Her acceptance helps him envision a better future for himself. (full text)
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A.J. has a chaotic childhood with little nurturing. She finally gets support from two different foster moms, one young but maternal, the other older and confidence-building. (full text)
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Paris gets shuttled around foster care feeling unloved and unlistened to. Ms. Howard is the first foster mother to ask him what makes him comfortable, and she earns his trust. (full text)
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The author has been in care most of his life. He loves his biological parents and sees them often, but gets more support and encouragement from his foster mom. (full text)
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The author's mother beats her and leaves her alone, which she says is normal in their home country, Haiti. The author goes into care for three years. (full text)
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The author 's mom swings wildly from sweet to violent. The author wants her family but at 19, decides to opt for the benefits of foster care. (full text)
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An abused, traumatized person is much more likely to thrive with at least one close, trusting relationship. This issue looks at how those connections are made and how they help. (full text)
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The author feels isolated at school, partly because of abuse at home. She makes a friend and tells him ALMOST everything. She discovers he's held back some secrets too. (full text)
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Daisy moves so many times in foster care that she stops saying goodbye or keeping in touch with people. When she finds a supportive family, she vows to better stay connected. (full text)
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Without a mother, Victoria went from one bad living situation to another, which made everything else hard. A good foster mother helped her find her talents and make friends. (full text)
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Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. (full text)
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The author's mom abuses her, and she goes into care. She finally gets a loving foster mom, but then her biological mom wants her back. (full text)
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Sharlene chooses to go into care when her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She gets a good foster mom, but she acts out and has to move. (full text)
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A young mother grows to trust her foster parents and let them love her son. (full text)
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Hollie becomes a Jehovah's Witness, which helps her cope with her losses, but not everyone in her life likes her new direction. (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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The author recounts the scary countdown to turning 21 with her work hours being cut, her public housing not ready, and her foster mother's commitment shaky. (full text)
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Samantha's foster mother sends her mixed signals, and Samantha is not sure how much she can count on her support after she ages out of care. (full text)
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Ashley loves her foster parents, who are generous, supportive, and open. She interviews her foster mother about raising foster teens, and how foster care could be improved. (full text)
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When Joy gets kicked out of a foster home she likes and goes to her 16th placement in six years, she realizes she has to follow rules she might feel are unfair. (full text)
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Manny slowly develops a bond with his foster mom, who plans to adopt him. (full text)
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After years of living with abuse, the writer hopes he’ll move past his anger in a new home. (full text)
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Hattie's relationship with her latest foster mother bends but doesn't break. (full text)
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An abusive past has left Natasha with anger and panic attacks. (full text)
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Julie finds that opening up about her feelings helps her to deal with them in more constructive ways. (full text)
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Arelis loves visiting her sister’s foster home. The foster mother, Mary, is warm and caring, and just happens to be gay. (full text)
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Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. (full text)

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