I was six when I met my mom for the first time. We were at the Oakland Zoo at an event where people meet foster kids. This tall, caucasian woman walked up to me and offered to get me a slice of pizza.
Even in the foster care system, there is nothing in writing that gives youth rights to access technology of any kind.
When I was a little kid, I didn’t really care that my new mom was white. As I got older, though, race became more important
In short, if a parent is not available as a co-signer, there is no obvious alternative.
Each new piece is a way for me to connect to an identity that was stripped from me.
There’s a ticking clock always in the back of my mind. I need to graduate and become financially independent before the support I get from the foster care system disappears.
Four different Youth Radio commentators take listeners inside their experiences with the California foster care system.
How exactly does the foster care system even work? This interactive walks you through the different stages through the eyes of a foster youth.
I used to dream of [adoption]. Having a mom and dad, siblings to play with, a dog. But when I hit twelve, I realized that I was getting old and adoption probably would never happen for me.