My life in foster care in Virginia

My life in foster care in Virginia

My teenage life in Foster Care

I am strong, I am powerful, I am mom and I aged out of Foster Care.

For me, being in foster care was completely exhausting. I say exhausting because every day, I woke up wondering if that was the day I was going to have to move, yet again, to another placement. I woke up having to be careful of everything I did and said for fear of being rejected by yet another set of foster parents. 

I was labeled a “troubled child” and a “difficult child” because of the issues I had due to having to move once a year (sometimes three times a year).

It got worse once I became a teenager. Absolutely nobody wanted to take me in. Foster parents seem only to want babies. So when they’re asked to take in a teenager, they panic. They automatically assume that every single foster teenager is rebellious and won’t follow their rules. And honestly, that is probably true, but wouldn’t you be rebellious too if every single “home” you were in made you feel unwanted and threw you out the second they felt like it? I felt like a piece of garbage that my so-called foster parents could get rid of at any time for no reason whatsoever. 

Yes, I did have my issues, but I wouldn’t have had near as many if someone would have just given me a chance. 

Given me a chance to love and to be loved and given me an opportunity to be a part of a family that actually wanted me and was willing to work through the bad times. 

So, please, if you’re thinking about fostering, consider taking in a teenager and giving them a chance to thrive. Help them overcome all their obstacles. Help them not to become just another statistic. Show them that they deserve love and a family just as much as that cute little baby. 

Show them what family actually means.

My life in foster care in Virginia

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