Foster Teens Find Help in State Care

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Daytona Beach News-Journal

Although they’ve often been removed from the places, friends, teachers and coping mechanisms that helped them weather abusive situations at home, many teens living in group foster homes appreciate and thrive in the structure and stability such placements offer. “It’s hard on me. I don’t like being alone,” 16-year-old Samantha told the News-Journal. But, she adds, “I’m not being abused. I’m able to live healthy.”

Such torn feelings are not uncommon among the more than 3,000 youth, several of whom are profiled here, living in foster and group homes throughout Florida. May 7,