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Don’t Let Shame Keep You From Being a Good Parent
How do you overcome it?
author image Mothers who had their children taken away describe how they are now helping other mothers in the same circumstances.

For this issue on ending the cycle of foster care, we include several stories by mothers who grew up in care themselves. They are reprinted from Rise, a magazine by parents affected by the child welfare system that grew out of Represent several years ago. [more]

Ending the Cycle Ending the Cycle
My Kids Won't Go Into Foster Care - No More Shame - I'm Not Having Children - My Mom Was Bad For Me -PLUS - Win $350!
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Losing Ms. Theresa Sharlene chooses to go into care when her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She gets a good foster mom, but she acts out and has to move. [more]
How to Drop the Hot Potato Psychologist Sylvia Lester explains how to distance yourself from past abuse. [more]
Free From Family Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. [more]
Choosing the Wrong Mom The author's mom abuses her, and she goes into care. She finally gets a loving foster mom, but then her biological mom wants her back. [more]
Powerful Attachments Psychotherapist Russell Saunders explains how to heal from a parent's abuse or neglect, how to make boundaries with those parents, and what needs to happen before you can forgive them [more]
What a Mother Gives You Without a mother, Victoria went from one bad living situation to another, which made everything else hard. A good foster mother helped her find her talents and make friends. [more]
She Misplaced My Childhood After being repeatedly disappointed by his mother, C.F. ultimately finds other, more caring adults to open up to. [more]
Seven Housing Suggestions for New York City Shannon Cleary of the Morningside Heights Legal Services Clinic summarizes the Clinic's upcoming report suggesting ways to help youth aging out get housing. [more]
The Fight to Make College Free for Foster Youth Victor interviews former foster youth Jessica Maxwell, who heads up the Foster Youth Success Alliance. FYSA is pushing for legislation that would require New York state to pay for college for youth in care. [more]
Foster Youth Take Charge Miguel joins youth-led advocacy group FACE (Fostering Advocacy Change and Empowerment) and finds satisfaction in helping others and sharpening his public speaking skills. [more]
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