foster youth voice
Why Foster Youth Should Help Choose the Next DCFS Director in L.A. County
Most people will tell you that there’s nothing quite like the bond between siblings. But for youth who have been through the foster care system, siblings are especially important. “I was with my brother and sister, but we were the youngest and they separated us from the oldest [siblings],” Ruth Yanez-Arnold told me when recounting her experience in Los Angeles County’s foster care system.
Finding Resilience in Broken Promises
In my life so far, I’ve heard a lot of promises; some are executed, but most of them do not reach fulfillment. It seems as if we live in a world of broken promises, and not with the negative connotation that usually comes to mind.
Every year I try to host a Friendsgiving, a tradition I started in undergrad. While not all of the same people show up, the purpose of the evening remains; it is meant to be a space to be with those I chose to call my family.
Day 1 I was ready to leave my nana’s house. I had everything packed into suitcases and boxes. All we had to do was make our way over to the new place where I was going to be staying.