Written & Edited by: Kacie Grice & Christian Downes Photography by: Della Chen — For Summer Prescott, the definition of home is not one most of us would recognize. Without the familial compassion many of us take for granted, Summer attempted to find home–initially, within the framework of abandoned houses, with relatives, within the arms [...]
PhotoServe.com talks with Amanda Koster, internationally acclaimed photographer and founder of the digital-storytelling, citizen-journalism organization for social change, SalaamGarage.
Written by: Victoria Garcia Edited by: Christian Downes Interviews by: Henk Dawson & John Harrison Samuel Martin is a young man with a gracious manner, a warm smile, and a sly sense of humor. A recent graduate of the University of Washington, Samuel grew up in the Seattle foster care system. During his childhood, love, [...]
Story by: Jessica Garcia and Natalie St.Martin Edited by: Natalie St.Martin, Susan Anstine, and Stephanie Hansen Photos by: Natalie St.Martin and Amanda Koster Hello, I am Jessica, 23 years old. I’m the oldest of 9 kids. I entered foster care at age 5, with 2 brothers 2 and 3 years younger than me. I can’t [...]
Photos by Henk Dawson Story by Oliver Sharp “They moved me from one foster house to another every few weeks. When I was eight, I was placed in what was supposed to be my permanent family. It was right after that when my mother died of a heroin overdose.” Brendan is an outgoing college senior [...]
By age 15 I had stumbled onto a genius trick. All I needed to say was that I wanted to kill myself and I’d be placed into a hospital. When I was a psych patient, I wasn’t a foster kid.
Story and Photographs by Kristie McLean The following is the story of Dennis Allan McCardle, 29, who shares about his experiences in the foster care system and his life beyond. The tone of the fragments is choppy in the way that Dennis’s memories and formative years were choppy. Some of Dennis’s early recollections are included [...]
Ralph has a deep voice, a huge smile, and a gentle spirit. He is a kind and gracious man who commands your attention. Ralph wanted love and acceptance throughout his childhood. Nobody ever wanted Ralph.
Ralph’s story begins at age two when a social worker took him and his brother Sam away from their parents. They stayed in the homes of various friends and temporary families until he was four. His father came to visit them. His dad loved him. He still doesn’t understand why he could not go back to live with his parents, or why his Mom lost him and his brother to the court system.
Candace says her life has been like an earthquake. Picture everything shaking until great cracks appear and then widen into impassable chasms. Broken apart. This year is different, however. She says that right now, things are starting to be put back together.
Everybody Needs Someone, The Aging out of Foster Care Project Book is nearly sold out. Order your copy today and help us afford a second run! You can order our book through paypal by selecting the Buy Now button below. The book is 94 pages, 9″x12″. Funds raised through the sale of the book will [...]
A few weeks ago we asked you to help us raise money for Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project. Brittny was in danger of becoming homeless when the rent on her subsidized apartment went up past market value. You came through for her, pitching in [...]
Christmas is a time when most people think of getting together with family at home. But this Christmas Brittny Boden, a 24 year old we profiled in our Aging out of Foster Care project, is facing eviction from her low-income housing complex, and has neither family nor friends to turn to right now to help her.
Our goal is to raise $1734 by December 12th, 2012 (we’ve raised $655 so far, $1079 to go!)
Amanda Koster, founder of SalaamGarage gets personal while sharing her experiences as a kid, ending up in ‘respite’ care, how SalaamGarage got started with her amazing teams and filled a vital need. Finally, the deeply personal “why” storytelling is so close to her heart. She challenges the audience to reach out to those who are [...]
NOVEMBER 19: APA/NY Apple Lecture Maggie Soladay presents SalaamGarage Shoot Photos, Cause Change Monday, November 19, 2012 7pm-8pm SoHo Apple Store (103 Prince St) Free Admission (seating is limited) *no advance registration is required SalaamGarageNYC chapter chief, producer and photography editor Maggie Soladay will be speaking about how to make positive social change happen [...]
Not every foster child finds a family. The forgotten ones grow up alone in the faceless embrace of bureaucracy. Waiting and wishing, like runts in a litter of kittens staring hopelessly out of an emptying box. Elijah Callender is one of those people. Like the others, the state covered his eyes and clutched him tightly until his 21st birthday. Then it dropped him.
Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh Krista spends her working hours tending to a woman with dementia in an assisted living facility. Like so many health-care aides, she is a nurturing soul. Some would call it ironic that this is her job. She spent most of her childhood being shuttled from one foster [...]
Story by Jim Sewastynowicz and Patricia Paine Photos by Jim Sewastynowicz Richard Wilkerson has no regrets about growing up in the foster care system. In fact, he believes that his experience as a teenager in various group homes has given him a powerful gift—one of understanding and connecting with people who also have hardships to overcome. [...]
Photography by Amelia Coffaro Story by Vanessa Arriola Wide-eyed and smiling, 24-year-old Nefertiti is anxiously awaiting news from the Borough of Manhattan Community College. “I won’t hear back until March or April,” she says, struggling at times to get out the words, “but I can’t wait that long.” Nefertiti dreams of being a social worker [...]
Story and Photography by Moya McAllister Teddie is a 21 year old trans-gender youth with arresting, long-lashed sherry-brown eyes. Soft-spoken, with a nervous laugh, he favors illustrated cartoon-and-grafitti-style caps and clothes that blend into the area of Chelsea where we decide to meet. Kicked out of his mother’s home at the age of 14 by [...]
Photos and Video by William Vazquez Aging out of Foster Care, Brittny’s Story from William Vazquez on Vimeo. Brittny’s mother and father were unable to care for her and she passed back and forth between her parents and grandparents. It was her grand parents that finally put her into foster care. While in foster care [...]
Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh Renald is a quiet, soft-spoken 22-year-old living in his first apartment and attending college. Adjusting to independence and adult responsibilities can be challenging for any young person, especially if there is no immediate family or mentor to turn to for guidance and support. Renald had a traditional [...]
Story by Mollie Neal Photography by Heather Walsh At 21, Dmitriy aged out of the foster care system on Long Island. While many young adults in the same situation are uneducated, unemployed and homeless, he has a high school diploma, a full-time job and an apartment to call home. Dmitriy‘s life has been fraught with [...]
Story by Patricia Paine Photos by Matthew Furman Andre Carter is a friendly 21-year-old who masks his difficult upbringing with an offhand snicker. The details are foggy as he recounts his start in the foster care program. As early as Andre remembers, his father was responsible for him and his two younger brothers. But since [...]
Story by Amy Sernatinger Photos by Yvonne Allaway Aquarianne is expecting me, so before I have the chance to knock, she opens the door with wide eyes and a broad smile. The radio is playing from inside, sweeping music across the floors and ceilings. A small child pops out from behind her mother’s leg. If [...]