My journey-25 foster homes to success
I went to Families First’s Second Chance Home for Young Mothers and was able to reunite with Kaden when he was two. We lived there for over a year. While I was there I finished my GED and received therapy because I was depressed and angry. As much as I wanted to be with Kaden, I decided it was better for him to live in a foster home.
Eventually my mother was able to get him out of foster care and he lives with her now and I am still involved in his life. Even though I don’t live with him now I think the time we were able to live together makes all the difference in our relationship. I moved out of the Second Chance home and then started a transitional living program and then moved into my own apartment and started college. In 2009 I got pregnant again with my daughter Honesty.
When I was at Families First I was able to have the family I never had. I have women around me to want to help, who listen and who love me. I’m still in touch with the girls I lived with, those are my sisters and we’re there for each other. When I turned 21, they essentially kicked me out of foster care because I was too old. But I did get help finding a place to live for me and Honesty. Now I am taking classes. I earned an IT certificate and I work my butt off at a retail store.
I’m going to succeed no matter what. I even plan to get Kaden back one day when I can take care of both him and Honesty.