Teens

Emily was 17 when she and her younger sister were banished from their family home in St. John’s, Newfoundland.  “That first night was so cold. I still remember the bitter chill,” she says. With little food, the two panhandled to survive, watching in desperation as people looked at them coldly and...
It’s hard to imagine how anyone could cope with the challenges that David has faced in his short life.  Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, he was just ten years old when his mother died. His father, an alcoholic, died just eight years later. His three siblings had already left home and were involved...
He still remembers the loud, frightening fights between his mom and dad.  When his dad left for good, his mom tried to raise Craig on her own, but her alcohol dependency worsened and she couldn’t manage. Over the next six years, Craig was shuffled between twelve different foster homes. During those...
A young girl's triumph over a painful childhood… Katie's childhood brings back distressing memories of difficult times; a home environment that was strained and stressful. Her relationship with her mother slid steadily into a sad and destructive cycle of anger, frustration and blaming. At just 12...
Breaking the link between foster care and youth Homelessness
Marlo was homeless several times as a child, with his family. When he becomes homeless again at 18, his concentration and his grades slip. Fortunately, he finds a home

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