The Storyboard Project, founded by Mira Zimet in 2014, is a short documentary web series created to lift up stories of youth who have experienced foster care. The project is based in Los Angeles, but this past year, Zimet, along with her husband, purchased an Airstream trailer, hitched it to a truck and went on the road — with Zimet meeting and interviewing youth along the way.
The Imprint will be featuring these videos throughout the month of December. Today, we feature the story of Addison from Phoenix, Arizona.
“I was writing ‘Dear God’ letters because there was nobody to send it, so I would just write. I have so many journals and I would just write, ‘Dear God’ and the things I would be telling my mom, I would tell God. God is on my side. It’s always me and God. That’s what got me through.” – Addison, Arizona
Addison’s foster care journey could have been a front page news story. She was adopted from her home country of Ethiopia — along with a younger brother — with the promise of a better life in America. The adoption didn’t go well, and her parents requested she be placed in the hospital for mental disorders. They later gave up their rights and Addison officially entered foster care in America. Now a college graduate, she shares a different perspective on the foster care journey.
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