"Hand-Me-Downs: Growing Up in Foster Care"

I spent my childhood in foster care, moving with my sisters from one new home to the next.

Growing up in foster care meant moving a lot
When I was 20, I worked in a nursing home. One day I overheard a conversation between Minnie, one of the nursing assistants, and a woman named Amelia, who called her patients her babies. I was microwaving soup, trying not to listen to Minnie sell the idea of foster-parenting to Amelia as if it were a piece of questionable real estate. "It's not bad at all," Minnie said, "and you can't beat the money." If they took in one more ...

People kept taking us, a threesome of foster kids, into their homes. But we never stuck.

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