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I Was In Foster Care As a Child

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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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    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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    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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    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 41-45, M 4 Responses Nov 2, 2013

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    I was fostered from before the age of 7 up

    until I was 17. Does anyone know if there is a group on Facebook (as that is where I am most) for adults that used to be in fostercare...sort of like a support group? Thanks for your help :)
    sweetchilliphilly sweetchilliphilly 31-35, F 2 Responses Jul 17

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    I spent most of my life in foster care,

    some good experiences and others mostly bad. Today, I am a single dad to two wonderful boys, a college student, and working hard in life to accomplish my goals. I just want to offer my time and love to anyone in foster care that needs someone to talk to or share experiences with...
    Jonwcf Jonwcf 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 1

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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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    Hi, I am new to EP, as I'm navigating the sight

    I'm realizing this could be a good outlet for me, talk about some things that bug me, share some experiences. I'm somewhat of an introvert, my circle of friends is small, my family even smaller and I have a hard time sharing my feelings with anybody. So here goes....:-) By the...
    Indianna1 Indianna1 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 5

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    I want to write a book about our foster care

    experience and how it has affected us now. If you would be willing to write your story and allow me to add it to my book I would be more than honored to. I want ppl to know what we went through and I want young kids coming into the system having something that they can read...
    Crh4112 Crh4112 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    My mom gave me away becuse of drugs

    and beer so I went to her aunt and uncle then when I was 8 my real aunt came and got me secretly then then she told thelm she had me and I end up satying with her till I moved nwhen i was 9 real cloes to to my tenth b day in to foster care for 2 week becuse of drugs and beer...
    Yplo Yplo 22-25, F 2 Responses Aug 1, 2014

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    I've been in this foster home

    for a few years now. the first year I bunked with this 16 year old who has 2 kids. She snuck bong rips in the group home. She was a kleptomaniac, stole so many personal items, including the tv And left her used feminine products in my cosmetic drawer as a surprise for me to find...
    Minnowshi Minnowshi 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 18, 2014

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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 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 24, 2014

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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 2 Responses Jul 26, 2014

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    Yplo Yplo 22-25, F Jul 23, 2014

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    i was in and out of foster homes early on bc my

    crackheaded mother couldnt get her act together. nut oh well it made me who i am today.
    AiymaSnikies AiymaSnikies 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 26, 2014

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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, 2014

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    I went threw the foster care system a few times

    when i was younger. all i remember were a few things. but all i did was cry and more crying. ik that's just sad. but I guess I was scared from being in a new place .
    flowergirl1997 flowergirl1997 18-21, F 5 Responses May 21

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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 4 Responses Mar 18, 2014

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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 6 Responses Jul 15, 2012

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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, 2014

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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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    still am. im actually in a kids home right now

    and have been for the last two years, but my social worker is looking for a new foster home for me. ive been in foster care before but it went wrong so im kinda nervous about doing it again
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jul 21

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    immatruelover immatruelover 16-17, F 2 Responses Apr 24

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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 2 Responses Jun 5, 2014

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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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    I know that my experience in foster care has

    shaped me greatly. I would like to count the blessings and wonderful experiences I've had from meeting a nice family. on the same token, there was also bullying, verbal abuse and misguided direction. I read that most foster care kids battle through some depression and lash out...
    Wellnezamy Wellnezamy 31-35, F Jul 26

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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 3 Responses Oct 13, 2009

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    For over six years me

    and my younger sister(by about 21 months) were under the care of local Lutheran Social Services. We lived in a children's home from the time I was 7-8 until I was 15. Our mother was good. She tried. She was a single mother. Our supposed father,a foreigner, didn't do jackshit for...
    EspanolBlite EspanolBlite 22-25, M 2 Responses Feb 22

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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 41-45, M 3 Responses Dec 15, 2013

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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, 2014

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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 4 Responses Jul 23, 2014

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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 went in to foster care at age 16,

    I was living with my boyfriend and he beat me up, so when I went to school the next day my counselor seen my black eye and called cps. I wouldn't go back to my dad's house so my only choice was foster care. I had good and bad experiences while in it from age 16 to 21. Good was I...
    bmorev bmorev 22-25, F 1 Response May 21

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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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    Born into a family over run with suicide

    and addiction it was only a matter of time before DFS stepped in our lives....Not long after I was born my father suffering from schizophrenia committed suicide. My mother suffering from a Manic Depressant disorder started seeing someone a few days after my father's death. The...
    Crh4112 Crh4112 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 11

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    Wouldn't It Be Nice...

    to live together in the kind of world where we belong? I am still a child, at the ripe old age of...well....I'll say *nearly* sixteen, and I have just gotten out of foster care. My experiences with foster care were years in the making. When I was about 7 (?) I was put into a...
    WalktwoMoons WalktwoMoons 16-17, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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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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    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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    My name is Danielle Hogan,

    I have a story to tell, a tale to be told. I was certainly not dished an easy hand in life. At the age of 3, I tragically lost my mother Elizabeth Ann Coyle, due to Lung Cancer. So then, it was just me, my sister that was 9 years old. And my father, 2 years had passed. I was 5...
    danielleannhogan danielleannhogan 18-21, F 2 Responses Nov 11, 2014

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 8 Responses Jul 25, 2013

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    mauricefleury1984 mauricefleury1984 46-50, M 1 Response Apr 1, 2014

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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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    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 36-40, M 2 Responses