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For youth who've been in the foster care system reuniting with biological family can be complicated. There are many challenges to overcome in re-creating a relationship and both youth and adults have expectations about what it will look like. Likewise foster care can also serve as a boundary between siblings and other family members as well. Fortunately there are a lot resources to assist youth and adults in re-building these important relationships in a healthy and safe way. What's important to remember is simply that all relationships family or not are consensual and that reunification is an effort that both parties of individuals must be knowledgeable and interested in.

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I am the biological mother...

I am the biological mother of 3 boys that were taken by the state of Maine. My wins were seperated from each othjer and their younger brother by the system. One twin remains in care and I have contact with him. I had to fight all the way to the governor's office to make that happen. My other twin and younger sons were adopted and I have no idea if they are even still alive. Neither does my son that remains in care. This is the most unnatural thing that can be done to children and families. There needs to be services that reunify children with birth parents and relatives at age 18.

At the age of 12, I my...

At the age of 12, I my siblings and I was put into the foster care system. My brother and sister and I was heartbroken from the thought of not living with my mom again. Since then, I have been in 6 foster homes, a youth shelter, and a boarding school; with no contact from my mom. During that time frame, my brother and sister both moved on with their lives, and was adopted by different families that loved them. I never wanted to get adopted because I always thought my mom would come back and we would be a family again.

At the age of 12, I my...

At the age of 12, I my siblings and I was put into the foster care system. My brother and sister and I was heartbroken from the thought of not living with my mom again. Since then, I have been in 6 foster homes, a youth shelter, and a boarding school; with no contact from my mom. During that time frame, my brother and sister both moved on with their lives, and was adopted by different families that loved them. I never wanted to get adopted because I always thought my mom would come back and we would be a family again.

I'm very new to this...

I'm very new to this group, and I'm finding myself at the wrong end of the foster care system. I'm a grandparent whose three grandchildren have been removed from my daughter and son in law's custody. This was quite unexpected and has been a nightmare. I'm struggling with finding a way to help this process not be so traumatic for the children. Removing kids from their home and family and dropping them off at a stranger's home and expecting them to adjust and feel happy and secure is completely ludicrous as far as I'm concerned.

I'm very new to this...

I'm very new to this group, and I'm finding myself at the wrong end of the foster care system. I'm a grandparent whose three grandchildren have been removed from my daughter and son in law's custody. This was quite unexpected and has been a nightmare. I'm struggling with finding a way to help this process not be so traumatic for the children. Removing kids from their home and family and dropping them off at a stranger's home and expecting them to adjust and feel happy and secure is completely ludicrous as far as I'm concerned.

3 years ago I found my...

3 years ago I found my youngest brother a day before my mom passed away and was able to arrange for him to speak to her briefly before her passing. Since then we have talked on the phone a handful of times and text via Facebook frequently and tonight he asked about coming up and visiting me and my family. The question is what is the best way to bring this up to my husband and the rest of the family who is vaguely aware of his existence?

3 years ago I found my...

3 years ago I found my youngest brother a day before my mom passed away and was able to arrange for him to speak to her briefly before her passing. Since then we have talked on the phone a handful of times and text via Facebook frequently and tonight he asked about coming up and visiting me and my family. The question is what is the best way to bring this up to my husband and the rest of the family who is vaguely aware of his existence?

A Visit with Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden and RoyceSenator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., stopped by the FosterClub offices to speak to our Young Leaders. Read about the visit from #FosterClubLeader and creator of FosterFight.com, Royce Markley. More >

I am the biological mother...

I am the biological mother of 3 boys that were taken by the state of Maine. My wins were seperated from each othjer and their younger brother by the system. One twin remains in care and I have contact with him. I had to fight all the way to the governor's office to make that happen. My other twin and younger sons were adopted and I have no idea if they are even still alive. Neither does my son that remains in care. This is the most unnatural thing that can be done to children and families. There needs to be services that reunify children with birth parents and relatives at age 18.

At the age of 12, I my...

At the age of 12, I my siblings and I was put into the foster care system. My brother and sister and I was heartbroken from the thought of not living with my mom again. Since then, I have been in 6 foster homes, a youth shelter, and a boarding school; with no contact from my mom. During that time frame, my brother and sister both moved on with their lives, and was adopted by different families that loved them. I never wanted to get adopted because I always thought my mom would come back and we would be a family again.

At the age of 12, I my...

At the age of 12, I my siblings and I was put into the foster care system. My brother and sister and I was heartbroken from the thought of not living with my mom again. Since then, I have been in 6 foster homes, a youth shelter, and a boarding school; with no contact from my mom. During that time frame, my brother and sister both moved on with their lives, and was adopted by different families that loved them. I never wanted to get adopted because I always thought my mom would come back and we would be a family again.

I'm very new to this...

I'm very new to this group, and I'm finding myself at the wrong end of the foster care system. I'm a grandparent whose three grandchildren have been removed from my daughter and son in law's custody. This was quite unexpected and has been a nightmare. I'm struggling with finding a way to help this process not be so traumatic for the children. Removing kids from their home and family and dropping them off at a stranger's home and expecting them to adjust and feel happy and secure is completely ludicrous as far as I'm concerned.

I'm very new to this...

I'm very new to this group, and I'm finding myself at the wrong end of the foster care system. I'm a grandparent whose three grandchildren have been removed from my daughter and son in law's custody. This was quite unexpected and has been a nightmare. I'm struggling with finding a way to help this process not be so traumatic for the children. Removing kids from their home and family and dropping them off at a stranger's home and expecting them to adjust and feel happy and secure is completely ludicrous as far as I'm concerned.

3 years ago I found my...

3 years ago I found my youngest brother a day before my mom passed away and was able to arrange for him to speak to her briefly before her passing. Since then we have talked on the phone a handful of times and text via Facebook frequently and tonight he asked about coming up and visiting me and my family. The question is what is the best way to bring this up to my husband and the rest of the family who is vaguely aware of his existence?

3 years ago I found my...

3 years ago I found my youngest brother a day before my mom passed away and was able to arrange for him to speak to her briefly before her passing. Since then we have talked on the phone a handful of times and text via Facebook frequently and tonight he asked about coming up and visiting me and my family. The question is what is the best way to bring this up to my husband and the rest of the family who is vaguely aware of his existence?

A Visit with Senator Ron Wyden

Senator Ron Wyden and RoyceSenator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., stopped by the FosterClub offices to speak to our Young Leaders. Read about the visit from #FosterClubLeader and creator of FosterFight.com, Royce Markley. More >

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