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Finally, a Home
I was tired of lying to my son about foster parents
author image The author raised her son to age 8 while she was in foster care. She's relieved when the two of them finally get their own home after she ages out.

I didn’t feel wanted in my home even before I went into care. My mother disappeared a lot, and so I lived with my grandmother until I was 15. Living with my grandmother was hard... [more]

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Not Just a Group House, A Way of Life At 28, former Represent writer Natasha has tried all kinds of living situations. A cooperative group house suits her the best. [more]
Aging Out Shouldn’t Be This Hard Sharlene does everything right as she prepares to age out. But things go wrong with her housing, benefits, and college, through no fault of her own. [more]
Why I Dropped Out Desmin explains how a tough, crime-ridden high school and chaotic home life put him on the path to dropping out. [more]
From ‘Unteachable’ to Graduate Chris suffers abuse at home, including his adoptive mom not accepting his gender identity. He nearly gives up on school, but in a small school for kids with emotional challenges, he thrives. [more]
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I Did It for My Mom Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. [more]
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Cracking the Tests The author tries and tries to pass her Regents: She hires a tutor, she adjusts her medication, she applies for an IEP. Finally she finds the right supports to pass and graduate. [more]
My IEP Has Me Headed to College Selena struggles in school because of the trauma of foster care -- being abused, switching homes and schools all the time. She resists an IEP, but flourishes once she has one. [more]
Clinton or Trump Which presidential candidate will do the most to improve our country's education system? Nyasia looks at Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump's positions. [more]
The Poor Don’t Choose to Be Poor Jazmine connects bell hooks' insights on class and race to what she sees around her and suggests ways for poor people of color to organize. [more]
Trump: A Dangerous Radical Victor points out that likely presidential nominee Donald Trump plays on Americans' fear of ISIS in his attacks on immigrants. But he is an extremist who incites violence. [more]
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