Facing Foster Care in Alaska
May is National Foster Care Month #MINFCM 💙 We’re highlighting stories and inspiration from our foster youth and alumni members!
We’ll start with a poem from Zaniella Azrael McCormick
I was three when I found out that the world was not all sunshine and rainbows
I was four the first time I was abandoned while at the same time learning I wasn’t enough
At seven I watch over and over as the towers fell, as people jumped, and as those lost souls walked from the rubble
At nine I was neglected and hurt, called worthless, told I was no one.
Yelled at that it was my responsibility to take care of the household
At eleven I finally told my secret, I spoke of a tragic life where nobody cared.
At thirteen I was so heavily drugged that I became a zombie
At fourteen I was taken away put into foster care, given a new start, grateful but terrified
At sixteen I was thrown away like I was nothing but garbage, my heart hardened, and I refused to let anyone in.
At eighteen I graduated high school, I attended Job Corps
At twenty I graduated Job Corps and stared college
At twenty one I exited care scared and alone, I had few connections, and didn’t know how to build more
At twenty three I was adopted, I felt I belonged, I felt loved
At twenty five my world turned upside down and I had to find a way to adjust and evolve
I am now twenty six I’ve moved across the country on my own, I have faced each of my demons and won! Well sorta panic the boa, anxiety the monkey and depression the donkey will always be by my side, but now I know when they stir up trouble, and how to stop them.
These are the events of my life, and I Gladly press onward to see what will happen next!!! #FFCA