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From Near Death to a Better Life
Hello from the other side.
author image Chantel is let down by her mother, then her foster mother and stops caring about anything. An overdose wakes her up to her potential.

When I was 4, I watched my father get arrested in our living room. I didn’t see or hear from him until five years later. My mom moved on to another man, and my sister and I got two little brothers... [more]

Finding Our Power Finding Our Power
LGBTQ Superhero - Staying Strong For My Sibling - School Is My Life Raft - Making Art Out of Pain - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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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]
Home Base The writer goes through a lot of tribulations after she ages out -- money and job troubles, bad roommates, and mental health issues. Through it all, her apartment holds her down [more]
Inside Out: Makeup and Self-Esteem The writer gets into makeup after feeling ugly as a child. People respond well to her new look, and she finds she needs a full face to go outside. [more]
Not Just One Thing Alexus is attracted to girls from a young age. She hears enough homophobia to keep her bisexuality quiet, but eventually grows to accept her whole self. [more]
A Foster Child on TV Tayia reviews the TV show This Is Us, which features a family that decides to foster a child. She notes how things can go wrong even when people have the best intentions. [more]
Book Review: <em>A Stone of Hope: A Memoir</em> Alexus reviews Jim St. Germain's vivid story of growing up rough in Brooklyn and straightening his life out during a stay at Boys Town, a residential facility. [more]
Living on Your Own Psychotherapists Sylvia Lester and Marina Stolerman of The Fostering Connection give tips on how to make a house or apartment a home and how to live on your own. [more]
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I Had to Dig Up My Buried Emotions to Save My Life The writer adopts a tough persona, squelching his own feelings. He alienates his girlfriend, loses his son, and almost ends his life. He finally gets real and turns his life around. [more]
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Turning It Around Shateek sees no future for himself, so he messes up in school. Helped by a few counselors, he applies himself just in time to graduate and get into college. [more]
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