Former Foster Child Shares Her Story

A "My Sky is Falling" feature story.

Denalee Chapman November 24, 2014

“The simple basic things that your parents teach you, I had none of that,” says Lydia Joyner, former foster child.  Removed from her home at age 7, Lydia lived in 35 different foster homes, had 18 social workers and had her complete name changed 4 times.  At age 18 she “aged out” and became homeless.  “My story matters because your story matters,” Lydia says, after talking about her cousin who was placed in foster care with her.

My Sky Is Falling is a storytelling program that therapeutically raises awareness about the plight of American foster children as they approach the age of 18.  Their website provides shocking, but true, information about the foster system in general and individuals aging out, specifically.  My Sky Is Falling hosts events and happily collaborates to bring awareness to festivals and events throughout the country.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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