6 years in Vermont Foster Care System
Natasha is a 21-year-old from Vermont. While in care, she was constantly moving from place to place, which led her to 17 placements. Overall, she has experienced moving between 70 locations. Struggling with stability based on her circumstances, she was unable to learn how to maintain healthy relationships and connections. Due to the mental instability of her mother, she has experienced different types of abuse which led her to stop all contact. Her father was absent due to his own mental illness. In order to achieve a healthier lifestyle, she had to create her own path. Being on her own, she faced homelessness quite frequently. It was because of these hardships, she has become easily adaptable and it has encouraged her to travel, seeing as how she knows no other way! Using it as an advantage instead of weakness, independence is now one of her strengths. Every day she continues to grow and accomplish her goals, regarding stability, and staying on the successful path she has created for herself. One hope she has is to create a better understanding of homeless youth and how crucial the transition out of care is for the well being of other youth. Natasha hopes to use her experience to benefit others for a more stable future. She also plans on adopting a therapeutic fur pal to assist in the aspect of helping others work through the hardships and obstacles along the way.