27-year-old Arlin Golden looked after his younger sister Shelby when she was a baby and he was a preteen. Part three of our series “Sibling Stories.”
coming of age
Orphaned in Rwanda, Mariam was forced to take care of her stepmom’s kids while she was just a child herself. Part two of our series “Sibling Stories.”
Simone is 16 and helps to raise her 6-year-old sister, Savannah. Her story is part of our 3-part series about teens raising siblings.
In life, there are a handful of milestones: first words, first steps, first day of school. But when you miss out on a coming-of-age moment, it can feel pretty sucky.
I never wanted to invite people over to my house because I thought that they would take one look at our shabby one-story home in what they would call the “ghetto” and go running back to their perfect, suburban, gated communities.
Foster care is supposed to be just until you can move to a more permanent, safe and caring home. But for some kids, their stay in the system can anything but temporary.
It wasn’t until I reached my teens that I began to appreciate all the things I inherited from my mother—my big eyes, strong calves, and most of all– my religion.