We all ran away to our grandparents’ house because they were the only stability we had. Ever since my grandparents and my aunt made that commitment to take four kids into their house at the ages of 72 and 62 and 26 it has been one struggle after... Read more
As a child growing up in a broken home, it was extremely hard for me to create and hold onto healthy relationships. Bouncing from parent to parent and town to town made it very difficult to stay in touch with any of the friends that I had in school... Read more
The Real Deal on Gangs By Anonymous Bloods, Latin Kings, Crips. It seems as if we can't go at least one day without the topic of gang violence or murder entering our heads. And with all of the bad things that we have heard about... Read more
Could I Be Another Mother's Daughter?
Agencies across the country want to get more teens adopted. When it was my choice, I wasn't sure. By Natalie K.
"Wow, can they really be taking me to lunch and giving me... Read more
A Young Alumni's Perspective of the Holidays I love the holiday season! I start listening to Christmas music a few weeks before trick-or-treaters scout their neighborhoods for candy in their Halloween garb. Some say I’m crazy for... Read more
Saved by the System
By Tara T.
A lot of people do nothing but complain about the foster care system. Even though I sometimes complain too, I also know that foster care has made a big difference in my life... Read more
Kinship Keeps the Family Bond
By Shaniqua C.
I've been in kinship care ever since I was born. Kinship care is pretty much the same as foster care except that you are placed with a relative instead of a... Read more
Kids have a right to see their parents in prison.
By Linda R.
One of the toughest parts of having a parent locked up is that many kids only get occasional visits-if you get any visits at all. In New York, for... Read more
My brother was everything to me. I wish we had stayed together.
By Jeremiyah S.
Growing up, my brother and I were known as the twin towers. We're both very tall and we both played basketball. Lots of times we'... Read more
Monica's Story From On Their Own By Martha Shirk and Gary Stangler The following story is taken from the book On Their Own, a collection of stories about young people who are aging out of the foster care system. The following... Read more