Meet C! C is a 17 year-old young lady who has been in foster care for a year and a half. C will age out of foster care on her 21st birthday. She is about to begin her journey to independence and will be moving into a transitional living placement. C wrote the following to share:
"I went into foster care when I was five. To be real, my life has always been all over the place. I’ve never really had a break from it and I’m kind of tired. But, I keep going. I was sexually assaulted from the age of three up until 13. It happened here and there by different people. I got used to it and learned to cope with it. But, I got tired of that too and started talking back.
I lived with my mom and my older brother until we were taken away from her when I was five. My mom is a drug addict. She wasn’t stable and allowed people to abuse us. My older brother meant everything to me. We were in foster care for two years before we were adopted by my great aunt. My older brother, my newborn little brother, and I lived with her until my older brother was kicked out for verbally and physically abusing me. I still loved him though. He kept me safe many times. He protected me when we were with my mom and we had to sleep outside or in cars. We would wake up with no shoes to protect our feet from the broken glass on the ground. He saved me from a lot and it was difficult when our relationship changed.
My little brother and I lived with my aunt for over nine years. I was verbally and physically abused by my aunt. I left my aunt's house at 16 after she bruised my rib with a cane. I’ve been in foster care ever since.
I’m now a senior in high school. I’ve started my own business and I’m moving into a Transitional Living Program. Life is still very hard for me though. I’m still coping with my older brother's death in 2019, my godmother's death in early 2021, and my grandmother's death three days after my birthday in 2021. I really miss them and it’s hard but I'm determined to succeed for them."
C is in need of items for living on her own when she moved into her apartment. Items can be purchased from our Amazon wish list and shipped directly to Fostering Futures. Just click the link below. Monetary donations can also be made to help us support our young adult.
Your support and contributions will help us to purchase needed items for our young adult of the month. Help us give this young person a positive start as they prepare to age out of foster care.