A beautiful letter to the adoptive parents of a child from the foster care system. Hardened by her early life and shutting out the foster family who she was placed with, she retreated to her inner self for days, months and years. Until one day she realized she wasn’t surviving like that and she opened her eyes and saw they still hadn’t given up on her. This is a touching, must read, letter.
This is the face of a REAL child of the system. This child is ME!
At the age of 8, I entered the foster care system after living those early years in a home pervaded by ravaging addiction, unimaginable violence, extreme poverty, and homelessness. The facts of my early existence are hard for even myself to believe. I existed within a dizzying alter universe that never seemed to stop spinning. Just when I was sure I would die within the confines of my reality, I was lifted from this land and into a world which bore no semblance to my own. I did not know how to survive in this clean new land of foster care, whose native inhabitants were so much more civilized than those from my past. How could these people possibly accept me? How could I possibly ever learn to pretend I was like them?