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The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

A powerful and eloquent reflection from a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist about the long-term effects of the abuse he suffered as a child. The majority of our youth at Braid have also experienced sexual abuse, and...

Why Black Stories Matter: They Build Empathy and Heal Trauma

“There are often stories that, if you read a report or statistics about (them), you might not feel deeply impacted by,” Tenuto says. “But when you hear one person tell their true, real experience about...

Middle school tackles everybody’s trauma; result is calmer, happier kids, teachers and big drop in suspensions

A middle school in nearby Antioch, CA, dramatically reduces its number of school suspensions and behavioral issues by adopting trauma-informed practices.

I Am a Foster Parent and This Is What I Get Paid

"While foster parents do receive reimbursement for a portion of their expenses, financial gain is not an incentive to foster. What you gain from fostering isn't monetary. It's about the opportunity to make a vulnerable...

How Foster Care Works in the United States

from Fostered or Forgotten, a Teen Vogue series about the foster care system in the United States, produced in partnership with Juvenile Law Center and published throughout National Foster Care Month in 2018.

How Homelessness Crisis in LA Affects Aged-out Foster Youth

A look at how and why the housing crisis in Los Angeles (much like in San Francisco) disproportionately affects foster youth.

How Prevention Services Could Help Youth Avoid the Foster Care System

An important and poignant reflection on how one young person's time in foster care could have been prevented.

Five Ways to Help Teens Feel Good about Themselves

"A 2018 study of early adolescents suggests that self-concept (your perception of self) plays a central role in emotional well-being... Positive self-concept seems to be the key variable in the well-being equation."

The Foster Care to Prison Pipeline: What It Is and How It Works

“In both cases I wasn’t given the opportunity to show that I was a better person. They were quick to throw the time and throw the sentences on me instead of looking for ways to...

Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden

New research explores how loneliness affects Americans of all ages, especially youth.