Foster Culture

October 16, 2007

Foster Culture, wah?

Foster Culture, wah?

I was in the foster care system for 18 years of my life before I was emancipated by a judge on my eighteenth birthday. In that 18 years, I lived in countless foster homes, residential facilities, group homes, transitional living programs, hospitals and even juvenile detention. Running away was just part of who I was a teenager and demanding to be moved for little or no reason was standard.

I am now an adult and work with older foster youth. There are many things that have come to light through this job. The dysfunction of the foster care system, the subculture of foster youth and even the grave statistics that they face when entering adulthood.

Through this blog, I will retell my own stories and those of people I lived with while in care, enter injustices as I see them, statistical facts and mostly, information about the subculture of foster youth. The last for the important reason that it is a subject I have never been able to read about and one that I am very much a part of. People that have lived in foster care think differently, relate to others differently and survive differently.

I will say this, I am not a writer by nature. I am going to put it down in the most real way that I can and hope that it all makes sense.  Word.



  1. As a former foster youth myself who aged out after 18 yrs in it…i’ll look forward to what you have to say.

    One thing…white on black background makes things very difficult to read for those of us that have sight problems -:)


    Comment by prairieguy — November 6, 2007 @ 12:02 pm | Reply

  2. Okay, but I like the white on black, I think it’s cool. I’ll change it though!

    Comment by fosterculture — November 7, 2007 @ 2:46 am | Reply

  3. What were your main concerns were after leaving the foster care system? I work with kids in the FCS, and am interested on how best to prepare them for emancipation.

    Comment by Mary Ann Stokes — February 13, 2008 @ 8:29 pm | Reply

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