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​My name is Victoria and I’m a Foster youth currently enrolled in my second year of College. Here’s my story. I was born in Pittsburgh, PA. I have 5 sisters and one brother. When I was very little my father was very sick and passed away. Soon after things got even worse.  My mother stopped preparing meals for us and never gave us baths. She became a drug addict when I was just 3 years old and till this day she’s still addicted. When my Aunt found out what was happening, she took us from my mom.  We thought things would get better after our Aunt took us to live with her, but sadly they didn’t. My Aunt neglected and abused us too.  Finally one day I just had enough and I called CPS for help. Since that call, I have spent the last five years in foster care and it has never been an easy road. I have been in the system for five years, spending my senior year in HS in and out of four different homes. And unfortunately not one foster family ever embraced me as one of their own or treated me like family.  One Foster Family told me I would never amount to anything. I knew if I was going to make it in this world and achieve my dreams, I had to keep my head up, keep fighting and not listen to the negativity. It was very emotional and extremely hard to do. There were times when I wanted to give up, but I kept fighting.  Now I’m in my second year of College and I continue to fight every day to make my dreams come true. Thankfully, I have my church family, my mentor and Stacy Sutphen from the Anna Forlenza Foundation looking after me and because of them I feel loved and know I am somebody worth a great life. 

 Looking back I didn’t have a happy childhood, in fact I didn’t have one at all. And even with all the sad, awful memories and the pain my family put me through, I still love them very much and hope and pray for their best.

I want to let all of the Foster Kids out there know that if I can do it, so can you. You are not alone. There are people out there who do care and are willing to help you. Don’t give up on yourself because you are worth fighting for. If you love yourself and believe in yourself you can do it and i'm here to help you with it. Please feel free to write me and we will share your story in my journal.  Let us help one another and be “family” for each other.

Love, Victoria​

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