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Something You Can’t Fix
What you should know if your parent has a substance abuse problem
author image Advice from an expert on what young people should know and do if their parents have a substance abuse problem, including how to handle reunifying with parents after leaving foster care.

Naomi Weinstein is the former director of the Children of Alcoholics Foundation, director of Phoenix House’s center on addiction in the family, and is now VP, Innovations at the Institute for Community Living... [more]

Addiction Stole My Parent Addiction Stole My Parent
Struggling After Rehab - I Can't Fix My Mom - A Foster Kid on Sesame Street - PLUS - Writing Contest: Win $100!
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Mother to My Mom K.G. tries to counteract the terror of seeing her mother disappear into addiction and her discomfort when social workers show up in their home. The first of her three stories in the issue. [more]
Fair Futures: Coaches for Youth Fair Futures is a New York City program that provides foster youth and former foster youth with an education coach from 9th grade to age 26. [more]
A Year in the Dorm Project Ericka tries the Dorm Project for a year. She experiences sexual harassment, verbal abuse, identity theft, and other affronts. She likes her tutor but not living in the dorm. [more]
Get Help With Everything College Options is a college prep program free to all New York City students. Also listed here are other free education programs. [more]
The Dorm Project: A Year-Round Home The Dorm Project allows foster youth to live in a dorm throughout college, including holidays and summer break. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fights. [more]
Derailed by Foster Care and Trauma The writer is derailed from school by abuse and neglect, trauma and mental illness. She keeps trying, though, and eases her way back toward college through a hands-on nursing program. [more]
Finding My Way Back to School Alesha loses her way because of abuse, foster care, and addiction. Seeing her friends graduate inspires her to get her GED and then go to college. [more]
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Marching for a Future Zach interviewed people at the September 20, 2019 climate march in New York. The march coincided with the United Nations climate summit and featured 16-year-old Greta Thunberg's speech at the end. [more]
We've Always Existed Adrian is nonbinary and is often questioned about the legitimacy of their gender. They wonder why queer history is never taught in school and research cultures around the world that accept nonbinary people. [more]
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Is College for Me? The author faces many obstacles to school success: trauma, lack of support, and at least one learning disability. He gets through high school and must choose between college and a vocational program. [more]
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