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Aged Out: The Stories that Built Us

Sep 10, 2021

Tia entered foster care at 14 years old after her mother called the police reporting that Tia had tried to overdose. After a stay in the hospital, she was placed in an RTC. She has 11 siblings and was the only one that was placed in the foster care system which caused her relationship with her siblings to be strained....


Apr 15, 2021

LuLu entered foster care at five years old. Her mother abused drugs and abandoned her and her siblings to their father who abused them.  LuLu went through 156 homes during her time in foster care. Through hard work and grit, she overcame a lack of a support system, homelessness, and the other obstacles she faced when...


Mar 18, 2021

In Part II of Jackie's story,  he tells us about the struggles and triumphs of going to college. He discusses founding UNT’s PUSH program to support foster care and aged out alumni and to educate the community on the issues present in the system.  Jackie also discusses his current work for CASA to help children...


Feb 24, 2021

In part I of Jackie's story, we learn that his parents were addicted to drugs and alcohol resulting in the removal of their children.  Jackie describes how as a toddler, he and his siblings were dispersed into the foster care system, and the difficulties they experienced in even getting to see one another. After facing...


Sep 25, 2020

At the age of 12-years-old, Janice was removed from her home with two brothers due to physical and continuous sexual abuse. She transitioned in and out of emergency shelters, foster homes, and relative placements and attended over 10 different schools throughout her youth. After facing even more sexual abuse at...