Fostering Media Connections (FMC) launched its first-ever Youth Voice nonfiction writing contest and invited current and former foster youth between the ages of 18 and 24 to submit essays on the theme “What love is.”
“[At 23], I definitely feel like an old lady being a freshman surrounded by 19-year-olds, but it’s crazy to look back and see how far I’ve come.”
Former foster youth Noel Anaya explains “respite care” — when your foster family gets a break from YOU.
In short, if a parent is not available as a co-signer, there is no obvious alternative.
There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.
How exactly does the foster care system even work? This interactive walks you through the different stages through the eyes of a foster youth.
I used to dream of [adoption]. Having a mom and dad, siblings to play with, a dog. But when I hit twelve, I realized that I was getting old and adoption probably would never happen for me.
In this week’s Youth Radio podcast, we take a look at young people who are in the system.
The moment I stepped into a group home when I was 12, I felt like it was a mistake. There I was, with about a dozen other teen boys. On my very first day, I got into a fight during a basketball game.