The youth-written stories in Represent give inspiration and information to teens in foster care while offering staff insight into those teens’ struggles.

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Why Can’t Kinship Care Be More Like a Normal Family?
Just let me be a regular teenager.
author image This writer from California lives with her grandparents and is frustrated by kinship care rules like no sleepovers and keeping curfews.

I used to find myself at home on a Saturday night. Not because I was lonely, but because I was not allowed to go out much. See, I live with my grandparents but I’m also a ward of the court... [more]

Fixing Foster Care Fixing Foster Care
How I'd Change the System - Give Us Privacy - When a Staff You Love Leaves - 5 Tips for Foster Parents - ALSO: Movie Review: The Florida Project PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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When a Staff You Love Leaves Zariah is placed in a home for pregnant and parenting teens and hates it. She connects with only one staff, who supports and advises her, but then quits without saying goodbye. [more]
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The System Hasn’t Served My Family Tayia went into care as a child, then was returned to her mother. She takes issue with how child welfare handled all of it and says what might have helped her. [more]
Let Me Grow Up Demetria's foster mom is loving and supportive but doesn't give Demetria the privacy or freedom that a teenager needs and that Demetria feels she has earned. [more]
Trying to Make Up Lost Time When the writer’s mom is released from prison after nine years, it takes time for the two to adjust. Although the writer remains guarded, she is open to building a closer relationship. [more]
Don’t Push Me Out, Push Me Forward Selena moves from foster home to foster home and doesn’t feel like she belongs anywhere. Fed up, she acts out in school. If teachers tried to understand her, she’d make more of an effort to succeed academically. [more]
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I Served Justice and Protected Other Children The author was sexually abused by her adopted father for several years. After she goes into care, she decides to testify about it, and sends a predator to prison. [more]
The Great Escape Salenna tries to become more popular via Facebook and Instagram but it ends up making her feel envious and lonely. Unplugging improves her life. [more]
Always Writing Out My Life Precious has been homeless and in foster care. Writing has always helped her cope, so she sets up a website to allow others to share their stories. [more]
Am I an Activist? A Roundtable Discussion Writers from the 2017 summer writing workshop explore what it means to be an activist. They realize while talking that they actually do quite a lot! [more]
Movie Review: <em>The Florida Project</em> Like the mom in the movie, reviewer Alexus had a fun, loving, but irresponsible mother. She says the movie is like a candy-colored version of her own childhood. [more]
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