Video: Michelle Tells Her Story About Being in Foster Care

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Denalee Chapman May 05, 2015

Michelle’s mother was a single mom.  She was removed from her home first at age 9, reunited with her mother, then placed back in foster care at age 12.  She doesn’t remember her 9-year-old experience very well.  But she does remember what it was like when she was 12.  Michelle felt alone and scared.

She didn’t mind being brought up in a home where her single mother had multiple partners, where her mother drank, and where her mother abused her children verbally and emotionally.  That was normal life for her.  Being taken away, she was afraid.  Michelle is typical of many foster children.  Now, as a young adult, looking back on her life in foster care, she wishes things could have been different.

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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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