Darlene, a natal grandmother

“Darlene” self-identified as a white, female in her early 60s, whose experience with foster care was in the Midwest. Her two grandchildren were placed in kinship care and foster families. Her family was living on a working class income. Her partner or spouse was...

Becky, a natal mom

“Becky” self-identified as a white female in her early 30s, with four children living in the Northeast U.S. Her children were placed in a variety of living situations (kinship, guardianship, foster family, and adoption) before her parental rights were terminated a...

Amanda, a natal mom

“Amanda” lost four of her five children to foster care when she was in her late twenties. They experienced kinship, adoption, and institutional placements. Her parental rights were terminated after 20 months. At the time she shared her story, she was a student; but at...

Tammy, a natal grandmother

“Tammy” shares her story as a grandmother in her early 50s who tried to get her child to give her custody of her two grandchildren. She doesn’t make much money, but is confident that she could have cared better for her grandchildren than the state has. She does not...

Stacy, a natal grandmother

Two of “Stacy’s” four grandchildren were in foster care. She is a nurse and her husband does freelance work, and they live a working class lifestyle. Her primary frustrations are to do with cultural differences that were suppressed in the system. She does not feel...

Betty, a natal mom

“Betty” shares her story from an unusual perspective compared to many of the parents whose children are placed in foster care. Although her family tried to make ends meet on a very low budget (less than $30k/year), which she characterized as working class, Betty is...