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31 May 2014

Furthering Our Mission

By Marcia Robinson Lowry Foster care is often discussed in statistics: about 640,000 kids spend time in care each year; nearly 15,000 children have been waiting for five or more years to be adopted; at least 25 states do not meet the federal standard for keeping kids safe while in care. But when it comes […]

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30 May 2014

The Surrogacy Factor

By Alain Datcher “I’m never leaving this place.” I will never forget the discouragement and hopelessness behind Marcus’ words. He and I had bonded during our time at MacLaren Hall – an asylum-like facility for Los Angeles County’s abused and neglected children. He had just heard the news that I’d be leaving in a week, […]

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29 May 2014

The Power of Support

By Sanni Brown-Adefope My experience in foster care was a roller coaster ride. At 15, I was placed in foster care, when my mother’s struggles with mental illness elevated to the point that she could no longer take care of me and my younger sister. I lived in two foster homes with two totally different […]

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28 May 2014

We Know How to Change Foster Care

By Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza In 2010 I got a call from the founder of a nonprofit called the Possibility Project, requesting a meeting — they wanted to make a movie that would empower a group of foster care youth to tell their stories. Originally I thought the film might be more of a hybrid […]

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27 May 2014

From Foster to Favoured

By James Brown At the age of 3 I was taken from my biological mother. She had run away from home to escape sexual abuse at 13, and had me by the time she was 15. For the first nine months of my childhood, I was with her at an institution for pregnant, troubled youth. […]

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26 May 2014

A Release Date From the Past

By Cherish Thomas Over 13 years is what I served in our nation’s foster care system. At an early age, I was removed from my birth mother. She was just a teen, and already struggled with an addiction to men and drugs, which she sold and used. My father, well, he was non-existent. At the […]

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25 May 2014

Instability

By Dylan McIntosh My foster father always had a stressed look about him, the look that told me he had to try hard to make ends meet. He gave me a lot of freedom while he was busy working as a lawyer and consultant. But even with that freedom, he’d ensure I’d make the right […]

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24 May 2014

Destined for More

By Marcellia Goodrich Growing up I did not have what you would call an ideal childhood. My mother was on drugs from the time I was a baby and she was not in her right mind to take care of herself, let alone a child. I felt like my mother did not want me when […]

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23 May 2014

Finding my Breakthrough

By Gilbert Howard It started when I was three years old. I was taken away from my biological parents in New York City and put into a foster home in upstate N.Y., along with my brother and sister. Being so young, I had little memory of being with my real mother and father. I thought […]

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22 May 2014

Stigma Can Hurt

By Jeannette Miller I remember the day I gave birth to my son, Joshuwah. It was inside my sister’s apartment. I went into labor, but was sent back from the hospital because I wasn’t far enough along. I was angry they told me to go home when I knew I needed to be there. But […]

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