Fostering the Future

This National Foster Care Month, Children’s Rights’ fourth annual public awareness campaign brings fresh first-hand accounts of what it means to be a child in state care.

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"I risked my life by calling a cab and meeting U.S. diplomats in a hotel parking lot. …That night, I was on a plane back to Illinois where I was put into foster care."

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“You are all catalysts for change.”

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“I was voiceless.”

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“My sense of self-worth plummeted.”

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“No one was there to defend me.”

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“I was targeted for relentless beatings.”

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“So many good things can come of foster care.”

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“I swore I would never look back.”

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“She was alone again, and felt it.”

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“It felt like I was thrown to the wolves.”

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“I feel like a lost soul.”

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“The child welfare system worked for me.”

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“I wish I knew my baby brother.”

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“I lived in 12 placements while in foster care.”

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“Child welfare reform is so urgent and necessary.”

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“I remember when surviving felt like a chore.”

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“I wish caseworkers were better trained.”

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“I was never involved in family outings.”

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“Leaving foster care was a huge sigh of relief.”

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“Even the past can be healed.”

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“I have a lot of emotional scars.”

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“I was hell-bent on finding a way out.”

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“I was picked on and bullied in every placement.”

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“Saying yes means not giving in or giving up.”

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“Forgiveness doesn’t come with an instruction manual.”

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“I felt that I was alone in the world.”

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“I decided to rise.”

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“They made me feel safe, special and loved.”

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“I lived in 14 different homes in 15 years.”

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“Don’t let statistics determine your outcome!”

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“I knew life would be completely different now.”

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The opinions expressed herein are those of the blog authors and do not necessarily represent the views of Children’s Rights or its employees. Children’s Rights has not verified the authors’ accounts.