Tag Archives: Foster care

Clean Houses & Terror

Last week I had the honour (& brief stomach churning fear) of hosting IndigenousXca on Twitter. As the forum notes: it’s a rotating Twitter account presented by a different Indigenous Host each week. Their hosts have included actors, activists, authors, … Continue reading

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Margaret’s Baby

..in a return to beginnings, I’ve gone back to some moments in my life that proved significant and poignant for me. One of those periods was a return home after time spent in childhood foster care… Continue reading

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Margaret’s Baby

Sometimes old memories float up in need of a little light… A soul’s whisper to let it go.

I was 14 years old. My mother and I were living in an apartment on the 14th floor of a basic downtown high-rise. We were there because that’s where she was when I ran away from the last foster home I’d intended to live in.

I threatened to run away and never be found again if they made me go back to that home. The Department of Social Services, and my unprepared mother, gave in.

My mother had been struggling with escape from an abusive marriage, alcoholism, and no way to fully support her daughters. That’s how we ended up in foster care just after Christmas that year… Continue reading

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