Finally, A Loving Family

By Deanna

My name is Deanna. When I was 3 1/2 years old and my sister Alyssa was just an infant, we were found all alone in a cardboard box a New Jersey swamp. We had been abused and neglected by our birth parents, and were placed into foster care. Alyssa and I had three older siblings […]

A Rough Road to Success

By Michael Weinstein

I went into foster care in my early teens. I remember it like it was yesterday. The long ride to an unknown house I would live in. With a family I had never met. Not knowing what to expect…How would I be treated? Where would I sleep? Would I have my own room? What kind […]

Finding Support and Encouragement in Foster Care

By Michaela Sanderson

After sitting down to write this, I begin to recall every memory I typically wish to forget. I began to think about my mom and dad’s frequent arguments, consisting of nothing but pure hatred for one another. I still remember the terrifying moments of watching my dad beating my mom. I was beyond angry with […]

Coming Full Circle: My Foster Care Journey

By Tomas Rios

When I was 5, my mother passed away and I entered New York City foster care. I quickly saw just how bad it can be inside a broken child welfare system. In the first home, I was treated like I didn’t even exist. It felt bad to be ignored, but I learned to be grateful […]

Fighting for Education in Foster Care

By CR Staff

“My first day in college I was excited, I was happy,” Mia told Children’s Rights. “I felt grown.” It sounds like the typical college experience, but her journey was far from typical. She entered foster care when she was a baby, and was adopted twice only to re-enter care. She says she endured “my share […]

Questioning the Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Foster Care

By CR Staff

The medication Eddie was given in foster care made him feel “like a sloth.” “I was always falling asleep. I couldn’t stay up for a little bit or even to finish a test, so I kept getting held back in school,” he told Children’s Rights. “It was very hard.” Eddie, who was removed from his […]

Unemployment Rampant Among Former Foster Youth

By CR Staff

When Shaquita aged out of foster care at 18, she had no idea what to do and didn’t know who could help her. “My foster mom did not know what to do,” she told Children’s Rights. “So we went to the Department of Children and Family services and asked them what would be the next […]

Former Foster Kids Struggle With Homelessness

By CR Staff

After a decade spent in foster care enduring moves between homes and institutions, separation from his siblings, and cocktails of meds that fogged his mind, Tevin turned 18. Just like that, he was on his own. “My caseworker picked me up, gave me my clothes and my CPS file, and dropped me off at a […]

National Adoption Month Brings Hope for Iowa’s Foster Kids

By CR Staff

There are more than 100,000 children in U.S. foster care waiting to be adopted and they’ve spent an average of nearly two years in care. In Iowa, a push coinciding with National Adoption Month is underway to get more kids adopted. KCRG-TV9reports on the state’s efforts: In Iowa alone, about 6,100 children are staying with […]