Foster care is supposed to be just until you can move to a more permanent, safe and caring home. But for some kids, their stay in the system can anything but temporary.
In this week’s Youth Radio podcast, we take a look at young people who are in the system.
The moment I stepped into a group home when I was 12, I felt like it was a mistake. There I was, with about a dozen other teen boys. On my very first day, I got into a fight during a basketball game.
In her early teens, Christie Levine had to reconcile herself with her chronic scoliosis. In coming to terms with her disability, she also became an athlete.
Three years ago I thought life was terrible and it wouldn’t get better but now when I think back on it I think it is a lot better.
When I turned 18, my social worker made it seem like I wouldn’t qualify for MediCal anymore. So I stopped filling out the forms, and stopped going to the doctor.
Shortly after I emancipated from foster care, I lost my MediCal. For the past two years, I’ve paid my medical expenses out of pocket. But I didn’t actually need to.
Have you ever imagined living without your parents? I don’t have to imagine it because I lived it. I was nine years old when my dad left us and shortly after, my mom was incarcerated. For a very long time I was mad. I didn’t know who or what or why I was mad, but I was mad and I showed it.
All I hear is how the foster care system isn’t a safe place and that foster parents only take on kids for the money. But that’s not always the case.