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Note: These stories are from YCteen and its sister publication, Represent, which is written by and for youth in foster care.
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Farhana finds her South Asian parents more liberal than most, but still thinks they’re overprotective. She talks to them about needing more independence. (full text)
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The writer tries to protect his siblings, mother, and himself from his father’s physical abuse. He discovers that writing is one way to gain a sense of peace and control. (full text)
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When the writer’s parents start arguing over an alleged affair, both turn to him for advice and comfort. He eventually finds a way to tell his parents to seek counsel from adults. (full text)
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When Jovani's supportive, loving mother unexpectedly dies, he deals with her painful absence by reflecting on the values and ideas she instilled in him. (full text)
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The writer’s father becomes distant when he loses his job. They fight constantly but when her father learns she’s in therapy to work out their problems, he begins to change.

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When Alex's mom gets pregnant the both are overjoyed. But when the baby dies prematurely their relationship is challenged. (full text)
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Shameera is weary of being compared to her accomplished older brother. She strategizes to carve out her own identity. (full text)
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A girl interviews three boys about pressure to be more "manly," how they handle that pressure, and if there's anything to gender stereotypes. (full text)
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The author keeps giving her violent, abusive mom another chance, and her mom keeps letting her down. She finally resolves to separate and move forward on her own. (full text)
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When the writer was 12, her sister was molested by her uncle in the next bedroom. Life for them both has never been the same. (full text)
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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. (full text)
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David is close with his grandmother until she moves back to Korea.
Then he gets distracted with his new American life in New York and loses touch with her. (full text)
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Levaunna's parents split when her dad admits he has another family. Levaunna starts lying, drinking, and acting out--but a friend helps her stop her destructive behavior. (full text)
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When the writer's older sister moves away to escape her verbally abusive parents, the writer realizes what a valuable role model her sister was. (full text)
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Even though Damia’s mom doesn’t mind if other people are gay, she would be disappointed if any of her children were. (full text)
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After years of rejection from her father, Tameara finally learns that the reason he is so absent is because he is a crack addict. (full text)
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Isela is expected to babysit her brothers, cook, clean, and maintain her good grades. She becomes overwhelmed, but her mom is not sympathetic. (full text)
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The writer’s mom is so focused on pushing her to excel in school and on her college admissions tests, she doesn’t see that the relationship has become reduced to yelling and lecturing. (full text)
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Contest winners write anonymous letters about what’s going on in their lives that their parents should know about – and don’t. (full text)
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After the writer moves from Korea to the U.S., his once fun-loving dad struggles to adjust to his new life here, and becomes perpetually angry and demanding. (full text)
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Julia was home-schooled until the eighth grade when she decided to switch to a traditional high school. Here, she writes about the pros and cons of both. (full text)
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Desmin remembers his grandmother who died last spring; the woman who was most like a mother to him. She taught him life lessons he will never forget. (full text)
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The writer questions how our culture defines manhood, particularly how his father defines it. While pursuing his passion for acting, he played a role that helped him develop his own definition. (full text)
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Kicked out of the house by her mother, the writer goes to live with her father. Although life's not perfect, she realizes she shouldn't blame herself for a situation over which she had no control. (full text)
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Jordan feels lucky to have three families—his mother's side, his father's side, and his stepmother's side. His step-family is as important to him as his immediate family because he knows they care about him just the same. (full text)
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Kaela is very close with her Uncle Luke. When she finds out he has cancer, she does her best to help him through his illness and show her love. (full text)
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When Caitlin's parents are fighting and on the verge of divorce, she finds refuge by staying with her friend Rosa's family. (full text)
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The author finds cutting helps her deal with a painful relationship with her father. Therapy, writing, music, and talking to others help her stop. (full text)
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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem. She writes about her feelings and tries to be nicer to everyone. (full text)
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Otis has little memory of his biological dad, but the brief time he had with a loving adoptive father taught him lessons he still remembers. (full text)
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After running away and going into foster care, Daniel is determined to repair his relationship with his mother. (full text)
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The writer’s father reappears after he left the family many years ago. (full text)
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Manny slowly develops a bond with his foster mom, who plans to adopt him. (full text)
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When Janelle returns home after three years in foster care, she finds it hard to readjust. Family therapy helps her and her mother build a new and better relationship. (full text)
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Chaquana can never depend on her drug-addicted mother. She ends their conversations by saying “goodbye” instead of “I love you.” (full text)
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After Jennifer’s mom gets involved with an abusive man, it takes years to repair the damage. (full text)
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Hattie wants a romantic relationship but fears getting hurt. (full text)
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The writer feels ignored and abandoned by her mother, which leads her to cut. The support of others helps her stop. (full text)
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As a child, Daniela feels little connection to her quiet and withdrawn father. But a mutual love of movies brings them closer. (full text)
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After years in foster care, Erica and her mother reestablish a relationship by writing letters. (full text)
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At age 15, Athena visits her long-absent father in Greece. (full text)
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For years, the writer's father put alcohol ahead of his family. When he finally enters treatment, he and Jessica are able to connect. (full text)
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Fatima explains how she and her fiancé have become successful parents. (full text)
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In her Dominican family, Dayan started helping her mother cook Latino specialities at age 9. (full text)
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For a long time Antwaun had too much pride to ask for help, but when he reaches out to his brother during a crisis in his life, he realizes the importance of opening up to others. (full text)
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Lucas is here to tell the truth: there is no Santa Claus, puppies die, and parents don't trust their kids when they're out of sight. (full text)
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Antwaun struggles with conflicted feelings about his father, who spent most of Antwaun’s childhood in and out of prison. (full text)
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Stevisha’s father has been in prison since she was a young girl, but they have bonded over the years by writing to each other. (full text)
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When Naomi sees her father paying more attention to her younger sister, she thinks he doesn't like her any more. But after she confronts him about her feelings, they draw closer and she sees how much they have in common. (full text)
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The writer, whose mother was 16 when she gave birth to her, argues that the children of teen moms often don’t receive the support they need. (full text)
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After her father abandons the family, the writer feels weighed down by family responsibilities. Physical symptoms of depression and thoughts of suicide eventually drive her to talk to a counselor, which helps. (full text)
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Devastated when her father leaves the family, the writer fills her emptiness by having promiscuous sex. Eventually, she gains control of her sexuality. (full text)
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The writer lives in a violent home and has to physically break up fights between her parents. She compensates by becoming the perfect kid, but her empty feelings lead to hallucinations and she starts seeing a counselor. (full text)
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Artiqua's teenage dream of boyfriends, partying, and staying out late will never become a reality, so long as her mother has anything to say about it. (full text)
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The author resolves to deal with the anger she’s developed from her abusive childhood, so she won’t abuse others. (full text)
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Zeena slowly realizes that the abuse she gets from her parents isn’t just part of their culture—it’s wrong. (full text)
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Johileny must care for her dying mother, despite her own disability and a botched operation that landed her in a wheelchair. Still, she manages to graduate as valedictorian. (full text)
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The author's mother beats her and leaves her alone, which she says is normal in their home country, Haiti. The author goes into care for three years. (full text)
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Erica ages out of care pregnant and has three more children. The foster care system provides her with services to help her parent better. (full text)
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This story from Youth Today examines programs that aim to help struggling families and keep kids out of care. (full text)
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N.V. is let down repeatedly by her mom, before and after she goes into care. As a teen, she realizes she'll never get the mothering she longs for. (full text)
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K.O.'s mother works nights and leaves the writer to take care of her younger siblings at age 11. This leads them into foster care. (full text)
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Trey goes into care at age 8. He never stops missing his mother and plans to sign himself out of care at 18 to reunite with her. (full text)
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A caseworker shares insights from her years working in the foster care system, including that money is crucial and that nothing can replace a good parent. (full text)
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The author 's mom swings wildly from sweet to violent. The author wants her family but at 19, decides to opt for the benefits of foster care. (full text)
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The author's dad leaves when he's little, but then his Uncle Ruben enters his life. Uncle Ruben's care and guidance shows the writer what a man can be. (full text)
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Chris, born Tia, never liked dressing or acting like a girl. At an LGBTQ meeting, he meets other transgender youth and realizes who he is. (full text)
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An abused, traumatized person is much more likely to thrive with at least one close, trusting relationship. This issue looks at how those connections are made and how they help. (full text)
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The author is confused by why her family is so mean to her feminine brother. As she learns what "gay" means, she steps up to defend and support him. (full text)
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Tatiana is upset at how her sister reacts when their mother's drug abuse sends them into foster care. She discovers, though, that her sister's different approach actually helps them survive. (full text)
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The author is jealous of her younger sister, who is their mom's favorite. When their mom's abuse sends them into care, the author realizes she and her sister are each other's family. (full text)
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The bond between a parent and child is powerful and lasting. When this bond is disrupted by abuse or neglect, young people need to make other connections to heal -- and to be good parents themselves. (full text)
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After being repeatedly disappointed by his mother, C.F. ultimately finds other, more caring adults to open up to. (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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Maria's mother leaves her home alone all day and evening and beats her when she is home. Maria is put into care and given a choice of families. (full text)
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The author's mom abuses her, and she goes into care. She finally gets a loving foster mom, but then her biological mom wants her back. (full text)
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Sharlene chooses to go into care when her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia. She gets a good foster mom, but she acts out and has to move. (full text)
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Psychologist Sylvia Lester explains how to distance yourself from past abuse. (full text)
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Mothers who had their children taken away describe how they are now helping other mothers in the same circumstances. (full text)
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A young mother grows to trust her foster parents and let them love her son. (full text)
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Brittany assesses the parenting she got from her father and her mother and decides which things she'll take from them when she has her own children. (full text)
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The author endures a sexual assault when she's 8, and some of her family blames her. She slowly learns who she should trust and benefits from opening up to the right people. (full text)
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This writer recounts his mother’s reaction when she learns he’s gay from his guidance counselor, and the fallout that ensues as a result. (full text)
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Otis looks back at writing for Represent for five years and how it's helped him get in touch with his feelings and inspire others. (full text)
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Leah endures 20 different foster care placements, all bad, until she moves in with Beatriz and Frankie at age 14. Beatriz teaches Leah about trust, self-respect, and love. (full text)
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Samantha's foster mother sends her mixed signals, and Samantha is not sure how much she can count on her support after she ages out of care. (full text)
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Camilla's biological mother is uncooperative with foster care staff. Camilla must figure out how to draw boundaries to maintain a relationship. (full text)
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Hollie's mother dies from her alcoholism about a year before Hollie has a son. Hollie is determined to be a better mother herself. (full text)
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Quotesia's mom left when she was 2 years old. They are reunited when Quotesia's in high school and build a relationship. (full text)
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Due to a painful childhood, Erica suffers from bipolar and borderline personality disorder. She sabotages her therapy treatments -- until she becomes pregnant. Erica stepped it up in therapy so she can be a good mother. (full text)
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As a child, Natasha escaped into an imaginary world to deal with pain. Now she wonders if the habit has outworn its usefulness. (full text)
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Domestic violence expert Heather McLain explains what to do if your parent is being abused. (full text)
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Adrienne Williams-Myers, a licensed clinical social worker, explains how therapy can support families who are reunifying after foster care. (full text)
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Hattie strives to change her negative ways of thinking. She reminds herself of her good qualities and does things she enjoys. (full text)
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After her biological mother disappears, Lishoné has a hard time adjusting to her adoptive family. (full text)

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