Mira Zimet


Defining Moments: Exposure is the First Step in the Revolution

“I wasn’t allowed to talk about anything, the way I found I could talk about what was happening in my life was through these surrealistic drawings and paintings that I’d create.


Defining Moments: Walking in the Role of a Child

In the system since he was an infant, at 18 Walter was ready to go. While he had lived with this same foster mother most of his life, he was done with foster care and wanted to age out.


George and Tony: Brothers Separated in Care Protect Their Bond

One of the most difficult things for youth in foster care — after being taken away from their home — is also losing connection with their siblings. It isn’t unusual for brothers and sisters to be separated and sent to different homes and that was the case with George and Tony, two brothers, just a few years apart in age.


Sixto: An Advocate for Change

“When the social worker came, I lied, I said ‘we don’t get beaten, we don’t have those issues.’ We were trained, whatever happens in the house, stays in the house.” At thirteen, Sixto, in the foster care system since eleven months old, was dealing with abuse from his adopted mother. 


Ashley: Finding Her Way Through the Trauma

One of the many worries foster youth face as they transition into adulthood is ‘how can I possibly be a good parent when I never had the unconditional love of a mother or father?’


Lucero: They Treated Me Like an Individual, Not a Criminal

The narrative so often heard about group homes suggests that staff are cold-hearted and rules are rigid, leaving the teenagers who live there feeling like they have no freedom and no voice.


    Marquis: A Promise to Myself

    In the four years that Marquis was in the foster-care system in South Los Angeles, he lived in more than twelve homes and went to over fifteen schools. “I felt like a number,” he said.

    Storyboard Project: Angelica


    Angelica: Privileged to Bear This Burden

    “I’ve been to so many schools–I don’t have any life-long friends,” admits Angelica, a former foster youth now in her twenties. In this video, Angelica shares her story and her perspective on what it is like to grow up in the foster care system, where she never had a voice and where there was no one who felt obligated to have her in their life.


    Resilience in Foster Youth: A Decision?

    James, a former foster youth who holds a master’s degree in social work, parallels his life with that of a half-brother who was in and out of jail, on drugs and involved in gang-related activities.