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Issue #29
What It Takes

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All parents need places where they feel safe and supported. Parents who grew up in foster care often want help but fear opening up about their struggles and don’t know where to safely find support.

In this second issue in a series, mothers who grew up in foster care write about the supports that have helped them feel safe, heal, bond with their children, grow as young women and mothers—and keep their children out of foster care.

‘I Was Her Little Flower That Was Blossoming’
Mentors and peers helped me find my way back to hope.

Making It Safe to Ask for Help
How can child welfare support more and investigate less?

Dreaming Again
Parenting Journey, therapy and writing are helping me believe in myself.

‘We Want to Be Heard, Not Fixed’
Child welfare needs to focus on supporting people, not fixing problems.

Awakening to Magic
In addition to services, times of joy, connection and wonder keep me going.

‘I Want to Feel Safe but I’m Scared’
I’m searching for a therapist who can help me with PTSD.

Laying the Past to Rest
Calming your body’s sensations can help to heal trauma.

On My Own Terms
I needed to feel safe and in control to face my past.

Joining the System
Parent advocates who have been both child and parent of the system are a powerful resource to improve it.

Protecting Your Privacy
How to work with your lawyer to keep therapy as confidential as possible.

Safety in the Courtroom
Trauma-focused courts address the roots of foster care placement.

Finding a Community

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