Rayla J. Brevard County, Florida Growing up in foster care, no one prepares you for the multitude of challenges you will face. Foster youth are susceptible to navigating challenges like abrupt placement transitions, losing contact with friends and family, and being constantly
Starz S. Ohio In today's fast-paced world, it's easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what truly matters — human connection. The people we surround ourselves with play a crucial role in shaping our lives and influencing our decisions.
Lexi B. St. Paul, Minnesota Fosters: youth who have entered the foster care system or out-of-placement care before the age of 18. Going into the foster care system at the age of 15 was a unique experience, to say the least. Like many
Carlos J. Charlotte, NC Supportive adults play a critical role in the development and well-being of young people by offering guidance, encouragement, and a listening ear. These individuals can include parents and guardians, teachers and coaches, mentors and role models, and other
Growing up is a challenging journey for any young person, but the path can be even more arduous for those in foster care. Despite our nation’s value on independence, research and experience indicate that the expectation of self-sufficiency for young
“Being in foster care felt like being incarcerated,” shared a young person with lived experience. Incarceration, the act of confining a person, is used for retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation. Youth in foster care have not committed a crime so