After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms

Walking into court for my very last time as a foster youth, I feel like I’m getting a divorce from a system that I’ve been in a relationship with almost my entire life. It’s bittersweet because I’m losing guaranteed stipends for food and housing, as well as access to my social workers and my lawyer. But on the other hand, I’m relieved to finally get away from a system that ultimately failed me on its biggest promise. That one day it would find me a family who would love me.


After 20 Years, Young Man Leaves Foster Care On His Own Terms

Deported adoptee speaks out from Colombia

Her immigration story is unusual. Cogswell Hill and her four siblings were adopted by an Albemarle County couple in 1989, but Cogswell Hill ended up living away from the family in group homes as a teen.

Her adoptive parents didn’t complete her citizenship paperwork, and as a result, she was first deported after getting into legal trouble, leaving a young son and her siblings behind when she was sent back to her birth country. She knew no one and no longer spoke the language.

Deported adoptee speaks out from Colombia