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Five years after her brother tried to rape her, this writer gradually stopped being afraid to tell anyone. In her story, she describes her family’s reactions and the consequences that resulted. She writes, “I only wish I was as brave then as I am today, and I had told the moment it happened.” (full text)

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Because her older sister is mentally ill, the author feels a lot of pressure from her family to be perfect and compensate for the stress caused by her sister’s illness. (full text)

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YCteen staff interview a therapist about coping with a mentally ill family member. (full text)

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Chris and his two older brothers lose both parents when they're young. One of Chris's brothers continually tells him what to do. (full text)

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Sherilyn watches her older sister Carmen go from a success-in-the-making to a runaway with a bad news boyfriend. When Carmen asks to come home, Sherilyn agrees with their mom's tough love response. (full text)

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Joy and her big sister were very close until her sister began smoking weed and drifted away from Joy. (full text)

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For a long time Antwaun had too much pride to ask for help, but when he reaches out to his brother during a crisis in his life, he realizes the importance of opening up to others. (full text)

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Rumonat is annoyed that her younger brother gets better grades than her. When he starts slipping up, she has to decide whether to help him or to gloat.

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When Lucia's sister Julia is 16, she falls in love too fast and ends up pregnant. Only later does she learn her boyfriend's shocking secret.

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The writer finds a way to help her twin sister, who is mentally retarded, feel confident and empowered.

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Dion explains how visits could be improved to help families stay connected while kids are in foster care.

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The author keeps his siblings together while living on the street. But in foster care, they are separated.

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Cynthia and her sister Natalie have different strategies for protecting themselves in relationships.

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The writer leaves foster care to live with her sister. But she enters a world of abuse and violence, and finally reports her sister to child welfare.

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When Aquellah and her sister Taheerah move into a new foster home, they finally get the holiday they deserve.

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When Roger’s mother dies, he is separated from the older sister who always cared for him. Years later, she’s finally able to adopt him.

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Vanessa is like a mother to her two siblings, and is devastated when they're adopted and she can no longer see them.

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Diane is 12 when she finds out her older brother is dying from AIDS. Three years after his death, she still has many unanswered questions.

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Kareem wished he had been placed in foster care closer to his home. That way, he might have maintained a better relationship with his siblings.

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Destiny struggles to cope with the death of her best friend—her brother Kareem.

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Jeremiyah is very close to his older brother, Alfred. When family conflicts land Alfred in a group home, they lose touch and Jeremiyah misses him dearly.

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When Janice’s older sister becomes pregnant at 17, Janice feels angry and hurt, and they become distant.

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Marlene feels she missed out on a lot of opportunities all through high school because she had to take care of her siblings. She wants to be a teenager, because for too long she's played the role of an adult.

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When Tamara moves to a new foster home, she has to share a room with Cheryl, whom she dislikes. At first they fight, but eventually see they have things in common and that they can learn from each other. In time, Cheryl becomes the sister Tamara has always wanted.

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Ana’s family has taken in numerous foster children over the years. She has painful memories of getting attached to them, only to see them leave again.

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Charlene, 12, takes responsibility for her five brothers and sisters when their mother becomes disabled by drugs. She gets them to school, oversees their homework, and does the household chores. Eventually Charlene goes into foster care, and vows to be good parent to her future children.

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Charlene and her sister are moved out of a foster home they love, in order to be with their other siblings.

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Growing up, Jessica is very close to her older brother Adolfo. But when she hits her teen years and becomes depressed, she tries to hide it from him.

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Because her stepmother is overwhelmed, the writer has to take on the responsibility of caring for her siblings.

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The writer grows apart from her beloved siblings after a family tragedy. Watching her sisters fall apart, she feels guilty but realizes her survival depends on finishing school and going to college. (full text)

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