Adjusting to My Adoptive Family
by George Romero
When I was first adopted out of foster care at age 6, everyone in my new family was sweet to me. It seemed like there was a lot of love. In addition to my two adoptive parents, I had six new siblings.
My mom and I fought all my life. Sometimes, she insulted me and used foul language, saying things like, “You’re never going to be sh-t,” or “I should’ve never had you.” On occasion, she hit me. Nothing I did seemed good enough for her, even when I got A’s in school.
Finding a Supportive Home
I was 13 and it was almost summer in Florida. It was a sunny day and my best friend and I were walking to my house after school. When I got home, the atmosphere suddenly shifted from bright and lively to dark and gloomy.
Making Family Where You Find It
by Leroy Chen
When Covid shut down New York City in March 2020, I lost my home. I was part of the FCSI/Dorm Project, a program that lets college students in care stay in dorms year-round. Most of us suddenly left the dorms, and I moved in with a new foster family.
How I Beat My Depression
At the end of 4th grade, my parents divorced. My dad moved into his mother’s house temporarily. My mom, my older sister, and I moved in with her boyfriend and his family, which included his 8- and 6-year-old sons, his mother, his two male cousins, and his 22-year-old brother.
Ready to Make Him Pay
Names have been changed. Even at 8, I knew what was going on wasn’t right. But only later did I understand that I was a victim of sexual abuse by my stepfather. And now, at 17, I want him in prison.