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The Power of Forgiveness
A winning essay from the Awards for Youth in Care
author image Because her mother is an alcoholic, Jzhamaine suffers abuse, neglect, and homelessness. After her mother gets sober and apologizes, Jzhamaine can forgive her.

My childhood was robbed from me by my mother’s alcoholism and abuse. When I was 13, I woke up one night to the sound of screams from the kitchen, and my siblings crying. I got up to see what was going on. The hallways reeked of alcohol... [more]

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School Is My Life Raft The author is taken from her mom against her will. While in care, she keeps herself going by focusing on what she can control—doing well in school. [more]
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A Role Model Confronted with racism and loneliness, Gabrielle drops out of college. Back home, she works hard to turn her life back around, inspiring her little sister and other Latinas in care. [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]
She Couldn’t Make Me Hate My Brother Hector's mother abuses him and his twin physically and emotionally. Hector finally escapes and then heals himself with writing and finding adults he can trust. [more]
LGBTQ Superhero Tamya is teased when it's revealed at school she has a crush on a girl. She comes out and stands up to the haters. [more]
I Do Better Accepting My Depression Than Fighting It D.C.M. realizes she has depression when she's in high school and is filled with self-loathing. Two good therapists help her be more kind to herself. [more]
Empowering Expressions Andrew stumbles upon a mural that speaks to him more than words can; he also makes art to express his own emotions. [more]
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From Near Death to a Better Life Chantel is let down by her mother, then her foster mother and stops caring about anything. An overdose wakes her up to her potential. [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]
A Player Tries to Change Her Ways N.V. has been hurt by uncaring parents and foster care. Tired of jumping from girl to girl, she tries to be a steadier girlfriend, but it's harder than she expects. [more]
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