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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Issue #130 (Fall 2017) issue cover
When Mom Is Gone

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Jaeden G. wins the writing contest with this piece about a staff who listened, shared his own life story, and encouraged Jaeden's rapping. (full text)

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This issue on how youth compensate for mothers who are gone, neglectful, or abusive features more activities to draw readers into the stories. (full text)

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Elvia's mom dies when she's a senior in high school. In despair, she shuts down, but heals with the help of therapy, writing, and caring friends and mentors. (full text)

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E.F. looks back on her mother's abuse and her own fighting at school. She is placed with her grandmother at age 11, goes to therapy, and learns to handle her own feelings. (full text)

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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 (full text)

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When D. Morrison becomes depressed, her mother is unsympathetic and scornful. D. finds good therapists and learns not to make herself vulnerable to her mom and to accept her limits. (full text)

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Robert's parents neglect and abuse him, and he's sent to a group home. Feeling unheard, he acts out until he receives love and attention from mentors, a therapist, and his grandmother. (full text)

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Z. Oliveras runs away and is pregnant at age 13. Her mother is abusive and unsupportive, so Z. turns herself into foster care before she has her baby. (full text)

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A reprint from Rise magazine, this is an interview with the author of a report on policies that would help parenting foster teens and their babies thrive. (full text)

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The writer finds his first loving parent in foster care when he's a teen. Her acceptance helps him envision a better future for himself. (full text)

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A.J. has a chaotic childhood with little nurturing. She finally gets support from two different foster moms, one young but maternal, the other older and confidence-building. (full text)

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One activity uses a story to guide youth toward understanding how their childhoods shaped them. The other helps them explore what they can do to strengthen family bonds. (full text)
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