Every foster child has a story that begins with loss. Loss of innocence, loss of family, loss of security. By the time a child becomes a teenager, his or her story is much longer and full of significantly more loss. Here is the story of Shannon VanderArk, a woman who spent the majority of her childhood in the foster care system. She reminds us that all foster teens first started as children with a unique story of abuse, trauma, and neglect, and that all foster teens have the potential to heal if cared for in a safe, loving, and understanding environment. Click Here to read her story and be inspired.

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