Child Welfare

Destination→ Family

Day 1 I was ready to leave my nana’s house. I had everything packed into suitcases and boxes. All we had to do was make our way over to the new place where I was […]

Child Trauma

Behind the Spotlight, Part 1

I question whether people really understand what it means to be in the spotlight. When you live in the spotlight, you feel alive and worthy of the attention. But there’s a dark side that’s rarely discussed. I […]

Youth Voice

Sixto: An Advocate for Change

“When the social worker came, I lied, I said ‘we don’t get beaten, we don’t have those issues.’ We were trained, whatever happens in the house, stays in the house.” At thirteen, Sixto, in the foster […]