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Real-Life Stories: Authentic Voices Videos

The National Foster Care Month initiative is pleased to offer Authentic Voices Videos as part of this year’s Real-Life Stories collection. The following Authentic Voices Videos were prepared by the Children’s Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative to raise awareness and provide resources to promote normalcy for children and youth in foster care and to support the implementation of related provisions in the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183). The normalcy aspect of the law promotes participation in age-appropriate activities and experiences that allow for healthy development and well-being for youth involved in foster care. The following collection of videos shares the stories of foster and adoptive parents, children, youth, and child welfare professionals, which lends insight into issues of belonging, connection, development, and normalcy for children and youth in out-of-home care.

Kinship Family: He Is an Extension of Me

Shares Donaniece’s story about her decision to become her grandson’s legal guardian at the age of 50, the practical and financial challenges she faced, and how she is teaching her grandson the meaning of family.

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Young Adult Formerly in Foster Care: My People Heal Us

Shares Daryle’s story about being separated from his cultural background and Tribal family upon entering foster care and his journey to reconnect to his Tribe.

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Young Adult Formerly in Foster Care: Reclaiming My Name

Shares Cortez’s story about being adopted, having his name changed, returning to foster care, and reclaiming his birth name, as well as his struggle to build an identity in a constantly changing environment.

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Young Adult Formerly in Foster Care: This Is My Family, Where I Call Home

Shares Desiree’s story about living with the same foster family for 14 years, the stigma associated with being in foster care, and the importance of building and sustaining relationships for children and youth in foster care.

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