Despite the Challenges of the Past, I Have Hope for My Future
Sabrina Alvarez shares her challenges overcoming her early childhood.

I’m not going to start my story with “I have always felt like I never fit in” or “I have overcome all my struggles” because that wouldn’t be true.


Finding Stability Within the Child Welfare System
Sabrina Abong shares how she found stability despite moving through eight different homes.

I have been in eight different homes and this is my experience with the child welfare system. I want child abuse and neglect to end within the child welfare system.


Lucky to Have Me
Road sign in Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo: Krossbow, Creative Commons

One day about two years ago, my older sister came home and said, “Pack a bag. We are leaving the country.’’


For Teens in Foster Care, It Takes a Village to Raise but a Family to Show Love
Victor Sims: “When we prevent teenagers from having families we restrict them from the love, belonging and security that a family has to offer.” 

Only 58% of teens in foster care live with a family, compared with 95% of kids 12 and younger, according to a recent report by Annie E.


Texas Freeze Shows Danger of Small Networks for Former Foster Youth

For many Texans, their family, friends and neighbors came through during this month’s winter storms and the catastrophes that followed. These were support systems that literally saved lives and provided comfort and light in dark moments.


Foster Youth Deserve a Seat at the Table

I have been in foster care since I was 16. In that time, I have served as a “youth voice” on youth advisory boards (YABs) for among others, my agency, Heartshare St.


Breaking Ties With My Mom

I didn’t meet my parents until I was 9. I grew up in El Salvador with my grandmother and traveled alone to join my father, mother and two new little sisters who were born in New York.


Five Former Foster Youth Sound Off: How the Pandemic Impacts Their Education
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many in-person support services for current and former foster youth have been eliminated. This has been devastating for students pursuing higher education and left many to rely on – or long for – the lifelong connections promised when they exited foster care.
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A Pop Tart Tribute to Human Rights

In late December, the nonprofit iFoster hosted its inaugural Great iFoster Bake Off, a national Zoom-hosted competition where foster youth and caregivers teamed up to decorate holiday houses made out of Pop Tarts.