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...

Geri, a natal grandmother

“Geri” is also a natal grandmother who hoped to get custody of her grandchildren. She self-identified as a married Caucasian, in her late 40s or early 50s, working class, living off a joint income of under $50,000 annually, in a prairie state. Like most of the family...

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...