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Successful Families

Couldn't live without Cuddles

Kiera, foster child, age 15, Texas

I'm Kiera, 15, and I went into foster care when I was 6 years old. I was moved from foster home to foster home and stayed in a children's home for about 2 years. I started to hurt myself and was hospitalised because it was severe. No one was on my side, it seemed, not even those who were meant to be there to help.

It all changed when I turned 12. I went to live with Kirsty and John. They took me in when I was angry and full of self hate, and hating everyone around me. They took me in when I fought against them, and destroyed thier property. That night, Kirsty just cuddled me, and for the first time, I cried. It all came tumbling out in my tears. The pain and sadness, frustration, anger. And for the first time, nothing else mattered, just being with my foster mom meant the world to me!!!

The next day, Kirsty got on the phone to my social worker and told her I needed help. My foster mom spoke to my social worker's boss just to move things on a bit. We arranged a team meeting and everyone listened to my foster parents and me! It was cool.

I still live with Kirsty and John and I love them. Without them, I wouldn't be the person I am today. Yes, there are still times when I feel sad and want to hurt myself, but most times I go to Kirtsy, she doesn't even have to say anything. I'm 15 now, nearly 16, and "I couldn't live without cuddles".

When I'm old enough, I'm going to foster... And people like you (you must care if you're taking the time to read this!) should consider fostering.

Thank you for reading,
Kiera xxx

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