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How a Best Friend Helps
A supportive friendship helps me stay positive
author image Over several years, Shateek and his best friend Amadou grow closer by listening to and keeping each other's secrets, by fighting but working it out, and by encouraging each other to stick with school.

I’m used to people close to me leaving. I lost my family and went into foster care at age 9. I moved around a lot until I moved in with... [more]

Is It Love? Is It Love?
She Makes Me Better - My Best Friend Has My Back - Passion Or Abuse? - I'm Not Changing Myself For Anyone - ALSO - I Got the Foster Mom I'd Always Wanted - Staff Shout-Out!
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Pushing Isaac Away The author suffers from the death of her grandmother, her mother's mental illness and withdrawal, and going into foster care. Isaac, first her friend, then her boyfriend, supports her, but she drives him away with her cutting. [more]
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Don’t Get Played Chantal describes both the benefits and pitfalls of having a bank account. [more]
Soulmates Donyaeh didn't get enough love and attention from his parents, so he feels especially lucky to find Alina, a girlfriend who asks how he feels, comforts him when he's down, and provides a good example of how to succeed. [more]
Maxed Out Xavier racks up $2,100 in credit card debt before deciding to take control of his finances. [more]
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Staff Shout-Out Diamonique pays tribute to her two lawyers, who checked in with her, fought for her, gave her good advice, and inspired her to stay out of trouble. [more]
Finding Our Way Home When Janelle returns home after three years in foster care, she finds it hard to readjust. Family therapy helps her and her mother build a new and better relationship. [more]
Introduction: Is It Love? Donyaeh introduces the love issue with the story of his loyal best friend Rebecca, who he's known since they were both 4 years old. [more]
Why I'm Better Off in Foster Care Angela goes into care after being molested by her father. She's relieved to find a group home that provides her with the structure and safety she never got at home. [more]
My Gender Identity: It’s Complicated Yaselin feels like a man sometimes, but now she is the more feminine partner to her masculine girlfriend. She likes the flexibility to change her look and attitude and argues for more acceptance of all sorts of gender variance. [more]
Releasing My Rage Physically abused by his mother, Miguel takes out his anger on others by being a bully and on himself by attempting suicide. [more]
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