Goodbye, Earl

When I was 12, I watched Grandfather get killed on the news. This is that story.

A Tale of Two Judges (Part 2)

The story of how TV’s Judge Hatchett saved me from being condemned to the Foster Care to Prison pipeline.

A Tale of Two Judges (Part 1)

While in foster care, I went to jail a little under a handful of times. This is the story of the one time I deserved it.

Runaway Train (Part 3)

Having had my fill of the streets, I come up with the dumbest idea in the history of dumb ideas to eventually get stable… a grown up boyfriend

Runaway Train (Part 2)

I ended up staying with a random stranger for a couple of nights under the premise that I’d be flying to California to live with my stepdad. After he rejected me, I kept up the lie cause I didn’t want the woman or her family to get in trouble for “custodial interference”

Runaway Train (Part 1)

I witnessed the shelter staff neglect a toddler who was brought in, leaving it in a playpen crying all alone for hours. The staff said that if I didn’t like it I could run away…so I did

Two Months (Part Two)

Excerpt Chapter 8:
Age 13. The Anxiety and hyper-emotionality side effects of Depakote proved to be a poor combination for living with a narcissistic foster mother

Two Months (Part One)

A girl from the DFACS shelter taught me the back way into a foster home was through Georgia Regional, a Mental Hospital. She was right. What she didn’t tell me was just how fragile foster home placements were…

Sex Trafficking In Foster Care (Part 3)

Final entry for this series. I discuss one of the many issues of building children’s shelters in high crime areas and the story of a member of often ignored victims of sex trafficking…boys.

Power Struggles

Excerpt From Driftwood Chapter 6.
The defining characteristic of my stay at the shelter was a series of power struggles between myself and the staff….