‘Who Calls Us Beautiful?’: Self-Esteem in Foster Care
This is a small vignette about self-esteem in group home care. It is a true account that I present as fiction to protect those involved … I knew this meeting would be pointless as we all glared, confused, at Candace, the group home counselor’s smiling face.
Toward a Positive Youth Justice System
Intro / Part One / Part Two / Part Three / Part Four / Part Five / Part Six / Part Seven / Close Today, we officially conclude “Positive Youth Justice: Curbing Crime, Building Assets,” a series that imagines an entire juvenile justice system built on the positive youth development (PYD) framework.
Protecting the Mental Health of Foster Youth
Devastating life events such as chronic family dysfunction, abuse and neglect, multiple placements, poor decisions by the court or mistreatment by court-appointed caregivers take a toll on the immature mind. To cope, we may withdraw into a prickly shell to protect our minds from the confusion and our hearts from the pain.
The Psychological Consequences of Separating Siblings in Foster Care
The psychological stigma associated with being labeled an “orphan,” “foster child,” “ward of the court” or “at-risk youth” can play havoc with one’s self-esteem. The terms used to describe our lowly social status say that we are less than other kids: less fortunate, less worthy, less good, less capable, less important, less lovable … less almost everything.