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Into Care, Or Not?

Selena's early life is full of abuse and cruelty. She is adopted by a loving family at age 16 and learns about consistency, connection, and working through problems. (full text)

K.O.'s mother works nights and leaves the writer to take care of her younger siblings at age 11. This leads them into foster care. (full text)

The author 's mom swings wildly from sweet to violent. The author wants her family but at 19, decides to opt for the benefits of foster care. (full text)
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