They may be seen as aggressive, noisy and uncooperative. But a brash exterior often hides feeling of insecurity, fear and confusion. As a result of these misconceptions, many individuals who could provide a young person with a nurturing home are deterred from fostering teenagers.
Tiara Sherman, 16, used to dread when her teachers would find out she lived in a group home for foster children. Afterward, they would smile at her differently, with pity in their eyes. I want to be treated like everyone else.
Thousands of teens in foster care are looking for the love, support, and encouragement that families provide throughout their lives—not just until they turn Older youth who are adopted from foster care are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who remain in or age out of foster care without a permanent family. You never outgrow needing a family.
Teens in foster care are a forgotten and overlooked group of innocent people. Sadly, this is most often because of unfounded fears and misinformation. It would appear that many adults are quite intimidated by teens in foster care, so I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone, whether you adopt or give birth, all babies turn into teens.
When Tenaja Jordan came out to her parents at 17 years old, they kicked her out of their home. As a teenager, she was still considered a child in the eyes of the state, and was immediately placed into New York City's child welfare system. Following the trauma of the situation, one question remained on Jordan's mind: Where was she going to live?
When my husband and I became foster parents in Julywe told the agency we were willing to take in children ages Deep down, however, we really wanted young children—infants to age six. Our Introduction to Fostering Before long we were blessed with our first placement, a 5-year-old.
Audrey was 17 when she came into foster care with her three younger siblings. They had self-reported their abuse over and over again without anyone believing their claims. One day, someone finally heard them, believed them, and rescued them.
I sometimes hear my friends and neighbors say they want to make a difference in their communities. For as long as I can remember, my wife and I felt the same way. An opportunity to make a difference presented itself to our family when my daughter was in second grade.
When I was about 12 years old, I was removed from my family and placed into the Tennessee child welfare system as a foster child. I had to pack all my belongings into trash bags and leave the home I knew behind. Roughly five years later, one week before my 18th birthday, I was adopted by my forever family.