Heather, a fostered youth

“Heather” writes as a 30-something, white adult about her experiences in foster care from ages seven to 16. During that time, she had five placements. She described her childhood class affiliation as below poverty/poor, and the same for herself currently, making less...

Antonia, a fostered youth

“Antonia” writes as a 30-something adult about her experiences in foster care from the time she was 13 until she aged out at 18. In those five years, she had five placements, including foster families and kinship care. She is now a successful, middle-class...

Phoebe, an adopted fostered infant

“Phoebe” is now in her early 60s, but was in foster care as an infant. She wrote about how it shaped her growing up. She was not allowed visitations at all then, “I was being legally prepared for relinquishment for adoption.” She was adopted as a toddler and tells her...

Camila, a fostered youth

“Camila” aged-out of the foster care system and shares her story as a 19-year-old. She was in foster care for ten years, from the time she was 7-years-old. Camila was frustrated about family visits. Her biological family went to visitations “but the foster parent...

Janice, a fostered youth

“Janice” is now in her mid-forties and does skilled labor for a living. She characterized her childhood and current situation as below poverty/poor, despite her job. She was in foster care from ages 5-14 and counted 10 placements during her nine years in the system....