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I Was In Foster Care As a Child

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    What I've Lost

    I was put in foster care when I was 9. My mom was an alcoholic and my dad left us when I was 5. My sister and I lived with my mom and her boyfriend and they would drink and do drugs and fight with each other and get violent. we were poor my sister and I wore dirty clothes and we...
    robinbird38 robinbird38 22-25 1 Response Jul 14, 2012

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    If It Aint Broke Dont Fix It

    i was in foster care thought out my childhood. and 9 years old i was put into foster care for the final time. i was living with my mother and was living the life that any kid would dream of having, a loving mother, an amazing grandfather who was your hero in every way, family...
    Kolgen Kolgen 18-21, M 9 Responses Apr 24, 2010

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    ALWAYS a Foster Child

    AT THE AGE OF THREE,I WAS TAKEN FROM MY PARENTS,AND PUT INTO FOSTER CARE,ALONG WITH MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS.I WAS THE YOUNGEST OF SEVEN.THE SISTER NEXT IN AGE TO ME,WAS PUT IN SAME HOMES AS I WAS.THE THREE OLDEST,WENT TO AN ORPHANAGE,THERE WERE NO HOMES AVAILABLE TO...
    DEB56 DEB56 51-55 2 Responses Aug 23, 2008

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    Best thing to EVER happen to me!

    - At age 9 I failed a math quiz and feared the beating I would get at home. My mother didn't spank. She beat me with a belt all over my body and threatened to ***** my naked next time. I broke down sobbing while waiting to get picked up after school. My teacher and guidance...
    Selah94 Selah94 18-21, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    Abused As a Foster Kid

    I was abused by the whole foster family, & they all used to gang up on me.
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F 3 Responses Jul 27, 2008

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    Snatched From A Well To Do Home-Though my

    parents are of American&Russian Estonian nationality I was born in Germany&spent many years in neighboring Poland. I won't say exactly what my parents did to provide the good life for me&my siblings, but it paid extremely well&we lived in a 2 story penthouse in Warsaw. I was a...
    BlipsieSwag BlipsieSwag 22-25, M Dec 10, 2013

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    Have You Ever Received Your Reports?

    I was fostered as a young child along with my brothers and sisters. We were moved in with family after family and home after home. We came out of care then back in. This was a very regular occurance. I was under social services from the age of 7-13. I have truly lost count of...
    happyfosteredchild happyfosteredchild 26-30, F 4 Responses Oct 9, 2013

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    As a child, my parents died.

    My mom died and then my father died. My first foster mother brain we ashes me of how they both died. She tormented me and she would choke me and dig her nails into my skin. She never beat me because she knew the agency would see marks on my skin. In the tub she would always drag...
    Kadypril Kadypril 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 18

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    Should Of Opened My Mouth.

    I was put into foster care for ten months when I was in my early teens because my mum wasn't well enough to look after me. I was in two foster homes. The first I was only in for a few months but I had to leave because of distance(to far from mum's home) but the stay was short...
    OnMyTippeeToes OnMyTippeeToes 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 2, 2011

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    I was around 7 - 8 years of age

    when I was tooken from my mother my mother and stepfather were very cruel to me as I can remember. My mother and father divorced in 1972 my father stayed away from me till i was around 7 -8 years old then my mother let my stepfather beat me and torture me, and my mother would...
    Tweetybird2012 Tweetybird2012 41-45, F 3 Responses 6 days ago

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    Foster Care Is A Joke

    93/94 I was taken from my mother. Put into a careless money hungry place where I was starved, slaved, abused. I hated it. I'd cry myself to sleep. Wishing to go home. I'm 25 now. My mother committed suicide, I was only 6. I hate those people. Than I was put in to the hand's of my...
    SiouxG1rl SiouxG1rl 26-30, F 5 Responses Nov 13, 2013

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    Watching My Siblings Suffer-As I have said in

    other stories my two younger siblings and myself were sent to a Polish Orphanage, Dom Dziecka Warszawa 16, in Warsaw when I was 12 because my parents preferred to spend their nights in nightclubs instead of home with their three young children. Mind you, our placement amounted...
    BlipsieSwag BlipsieSwag 22-25, M Mar 3

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    My Sisters And I

    I was 2 years old when I was placed in foster care. My two sisters aged 1&3 at the time were placed with me. We stayed with a family as long as I can remember, they were Latino so we learned Spanish. They weren't too nice and constantly put us down. I remember once they told my...
    DGrimm DGrimm 18-21 Sep 28, 2013

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    27 Homes 27 Heartbreaks

    I loved my parents, but they were into drugs, alcohol, pills, you name it, they did it. I grew up with 5 other siblings, we supported and cared for each other more than you could imagine. I was always a loyal daughter but to my parents that didn't matter I slept in the basement...
    Audrey367 Audrey367 18-21 3 Responses May 30, 2013

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    Wanting To Foster

    Hello all I was just hoping I could get input on how to make the kid(s) feel welcome and comfortable in our home. We are not yet foster parents since we plan on moving to Texas next year and settle down there but planning on starting the process once there. A little about us, we...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Nov 19, 2013

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    I Can’T Lie To Myself Forever...

    I’ll just have to accept the fact they don’t care where I come from, what I want, what I think, or what I’m going to do
    kdwnm kdwnm 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 14, 2013

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    Being In Foster Care.

    I became a ward of the crown (what we call it here in Canada) when I was 8 and was out at 20. I moved out when I was 16 but the Children's Aid kept me on because I stayed in school. Instead of paying monthly to my foster family I get the cheques directly. Wasn't easy but i...
    JackisMe JackisMe 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 1, 2013

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    Lost In The Cracks...

    Im a former foster child.im 24 now and am a mother of a gorgeous 3yr old. I was taken into foster care somewhere around 9 yrs of age.i lost track of time somewhere and feel older than i am so sorry in advance.i went to polinsky where i watched my brother beat by staff and he was...
    superkid superkid 22-25, F 4 Responses Sep 11, 2012

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    We Were Foster Kids.

    this has always bothered me. mostly because people dont share their stories. although im not getting deep into this at the moment there are some points id like to just touch on. one is that foster kids are discriminated against ,despite the fact it usarrly isnt their fault. (im...
    weareallhuman weareallhuman 31-35 8 Responses May 13, 2008

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    Time To Break Free

    I had a great father and mother growing up. Well up to the age of 5. Then my father had an accident that paralyzed him for life and ended up in a carefacility. We were poor having been from a reservation in the north. I barely remember my mother drinking as a young child. We...
    shellypantz shellypantz 26-30, F 2 Responses Oct 13, 2009

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    mauricefleury1984 mauricefleury1984 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 1

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    When I was 3 my dad left

    when I was 9 my mothers drinking smoking pill mixing and beating problems got out of hand so C.A.S. Had to take over and take me and my brother to a foster home at first we resisted then we finally accepted that we would never be with our mother again. The first year or so she...
    joshinpain joshinpain 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 5

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    Me In A Nutshell

    From the outside looking in my childhood was privileged and very happy. The oldest of 4 with hard working parents. But on the inside i wad abused by my father from an age so early i cannot remember when it started. I tried twice to tell someone. I was getting older and didn't...
    mandino1973 mandino1973 36-40, F Sep 20, 2013

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    I was taken by CPS at age 3.

    Went back as forth between 2 foster homes for 2 years, adopted at 8, moved out of adoption parents house at 14... I lived in 5 different house holds before turning 18.
    katcard katcard 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 2

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    i got put ina foster fam last year cuz ma dady

    killd sumbody n ma moma was adicteded wit crak n i livwit a white fam dat i think get mony 2 hav me bot dey nice i think cept da son bot he don liv hear so it cool n betta dat da foster fam b4
    brownchiquita brownchiquita 13-15, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    gladyspots gladyspots 22-25, F a week ago

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    Gone For So Long

    At 12 years old I was placed in a foster home. It changed my life and how I look at things still to this day. It made me grow up fast, I had to I had a little sister to look out for. After being there for 4 months my sister was kicked out and placed in another foster home with a...
    missroberts missroberts 18-21, F Sep 14, 2013

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    Too Smart For The Institution-It wasn't

    required to speak Polish where we were taken. In fact it wasn't required to speak at all. Why? Because this new orphanage was a last resort place for the most hopeless cases. The kids there had severe emotional issues or disabilities and it seemed more like an institution than a...
    BlipsieSwag BlipsieSwag 22-25, M Dec 10, 2013

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    Send Me A Guardian Angel....

    I first experienced how foster care was when i was 10 years old. I was raised by my grandparents from the time i was born. My birth parents came and went as they pleased. When i was 8 years old my grandparents started the adoption process. Sadly not even a year later my...
    Jelsie0626 Jelsie0626 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 13, 2013

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    Hai. I'm Destrey Dahvie.

    Hehe. Double D's. I live in a foster care home still. I been there my times as a 7 year old and today. As a kid, I was abused and beaten. I ran away home, and soon, I was literary hit by a car. I woke up in a hospital, still alive, and no damage-except my arm. I was taken to an...
    BlackBloodSixx BlackBloodSixx 18-21, F 6 Responses Dec 10, 2013

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    Short Version

    I went into the system at 3 and aged out at 18. The short story in between is 27 foster homes, abuse of every kind, separation from my sister at 10, several visits at the psych ward, group homes, arrests, drugs, drinking, rape, death, fighting, lots of fighting, and 1 good foster...
    myschelle myschelle 31-35, F 6 Responses Jul 25, 2013

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    Only Experience That Makes Me Cry

    I have not had an easy life. Sadness and darkness seem to always find me. That's ok, I ve nev er really complained. I belive it can always be worse and someone always has it worse than me. I have no right to complain. As I was going thru my list on here this was the one topic...
    GenevieveDarling GenevieveDarling 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 27, 2009

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    Mistreated For Failing To Adapt Dom Dziecka

    Warszawa 16 became our new home. It was not an Institution like our first placement, but it was still a Children's Home(Orphanage) and nothing like home. A middle aged woman with a ruddy complexion was hunched over in a wardrobe. When neither me or my siblings answered she...
    BlipsieSwag BlipsieSwag 22-25, M Dec 12, 2013

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    Begining

    From the age of 9 until 17 i was in 3 different foster homes, it was hard at times but i count myself lucky as others have had more homes than that.   I hope to foster children one day, as a way of giving back & helping other kids who need it.    
    carissa carissa 26-30 2 Responses Jan 14, 2008

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    Once A Foster Kid, Always A Loner!!

    I never really had happy childhood to start off with, but foster care only made those pains and emotions worse!My mama was always a druggie and my dad didnt claim me.. I had one brother (1 1/2 older) he was always the favored child. He never did anything wrong! After moving back...
    MizUnderstudd MizUnderstudd 18-21, F 8 Responses Apr 10, 2012

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    When I was seven years old,

    I was taken from my home and placed into foster care. Neither my sisters or me could figure out why. Later, we found out the abuse we received from our mother was illegal. Since we had been beaten so many times, we thought it was completely normal. When we were picked up, we had...
    HopeForEverybody HopeForEverybody 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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    What Did Your Best Foster Parents Do?

    I joined this group because my wife and I are considering becoming foster parents. Our kids are older 18 & 16 and we feel we have a lot to offer a child. I joined this group because I wanted to find out what we could do to be the best forster parents. At first we were...
    888jake 888jake 46-50, M 7 Responses Jul 15, 2012

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    What Was It Like?

    That's what people want to know most often. Really? You can't find something better? Okay, I'll tell you. Imagine you climb in the biggest, tallest, scariest rollercoaster you've ever seen or been on. Preferably one that made you throw up repeatedly once you got off (our maybe...
    cerrulis cerrulis 46-50, F 2 Responses Nov 12, 2012

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    Foster Child Success Stories

    I am searching for foster parents, adoptive parents, and former foster children to share inspirational stories of their success after foster care. The goal is to provide a collection of stories that provide hope to current foster children and foster parents while easing the...
    iwasafosterkid iwasafosterkid 26-30 5 Responses Jul 15, 2012

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    My mother was on drugs a lot

    when I was a kid. And my brother Jacob and I were taken away by social services. We were both put into different homes and got taken in by different families. But I raised my brother. I took care of him from the moment he was brought home when I was six. He means EVERYTHING to...
    therearemanymes therearemanymes 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 3

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    Stolen From My Real Mom.

    Reasonable Efforts? How about any efforts. My mom was physically disabled. She was investigated for having a messy house. How could she keep up with daily tasks? She was in a wheelchair. Was the social worker helpful? No. Did she offer my mom any services...
    survivorsofcps survivorsofcps 26-30 2 Responses Sep 18, 2012

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    How I Ended Up In Foster Care

    It seems like such a short time ago, but in reality it was more than 20 years ago. I remember the day my little brother and I went into foster care. My brother and I were staying in a motel with our mom. My mom had gone on a crack run and it was well into the wee hours of the...
    SomeoneOutThere SomeoneOutThere 36-40, M 2 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    The Foster Child Noone Wanted

    i was in foster care because my biological parents beat and raped and tortured me and my sisters i was adopted at 19 months i thought things would change boy was i wrong they put me back in foster care because i told a friend about my dad raping me she told her mother and her...
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Apr 6, 2011

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    Can You Help?

    I am a social worker with child protective services and have been doing this for the last 12 years.  What I have noticed is the severe lack, on the part of social workers, in having empathy for the kids we are supposed to be serving.  I am not to say that I am a super...
    purpledawn28 purpledawn28 31-35, F 11 Responses Oct 1, 2010

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    when my parents were 14 they had my brother Drew

    and they had me during their senior year of high school. They were both on drugs and they moved to canada a few months before I was born. My dad used to party all night and sleep all day and my mom would lock me and my brother in the closet and get high. She went from weed to...
    LandonS LandonS 16-17, M 1 Response Feb 28

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    After my mother died I thought I would stay in

    my foster mother's home until I was 18. The plan was she would adopt my little brother. She offered to adopt me and I said no. I really thought she was sincere about letting me stay. I was only there a month when my mother died. A short time after that things got worse with...
    SomeoneOutThere SomeoneOutThere 36-40, M 2 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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    31 Permanent Placements, 4 Group Homes, 3 Institutions. Its Not Easy Being A Foster Kid, Or Afterward...

    I have been through a lot as a former foster child, and when you age out of the system its not much easier. The discrimination you receive when people find out is horrible. There is no support, and little is done about it (thrown into an apartment and given $3,000 with the...
    xxxelectrojunglexxx xxxelectrojunglexxx 31-35, M 2 Responses Aug 3, 2013

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    I was about I think 3

    or 4 years old when I was placed in foster care. My siblings and I were placed together, sometimes seperately depending on who was with who home alone at the time. My parents would leave us home alone in apartment from time to time and didn't care. I can't talk for them because...
    Lphanstory Lphanstory 26-30, F 1 Response Jan 8

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    Related Experiences

    "When you gonna take us home Mommy?" I asked my mother during a supervised visitation. "As soon as Mommy and your daddy....." She started to say. "Ma'am!" The supervising...
    Bashka91 Bashka91 22-25, M 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Before I start telling you, I am not asking for sympathy or for you to feel bad for me, I just want to share it you guys. I remember it just like it was yesterday. At my house it...
    Mikaylaxo Mikaylaxo 13-15, F 4 Responses Jul 7

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    I'm 15 years old and have been in the foster care system since I was 3 my real mother gave me away because of my mental disorders and my diabetes. I haven't heard from her or my...
    bfab1998 bfab1998 13-15, F Jul 9

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    While I was growing up I was abused daily by my oldest brother. He would beat me repeatedly. He blacked my eye on more than one occasion. There was nothing I could do about it. My...
    nephthysbaby nephthysbaby 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 16

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