Know Your Rights

VOX investigates teen rights in Georgia. Sponsored by the Barton Child Law and Policy Center.

Advocating for Youth Is Crucial

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Some of our youth — current foster youth, some from group homes and some youth who are about to age out of the system — came together and brainstormed ideas for stories they wanted to share with the world. The simple fact is other youth are going through the same thing and may not know…

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Lost In a Cloud of Smoke

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Being the youngest of a family of junkies, I was already expected to do drugs. After I was placed in foster care the first time at age nine, that’s when my family really started splitting apart. I had moved in with my aunt and uncle so my immediate family just lost all hope. My mom…

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Orphaned At a Young Age

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The wonder of my life, both of my loving parents were gone, and not gone for a while but gone forever. It wasn’t easy, but I made it through. When I was 19 years old, I was in my sister’s dorm room at Georgia State University when my aunty from Nigeria called her. After they…

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Even When You Think You Have No Options, You Do

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There were a lot of people that thought the world was going to end in 2012. For me, the end happened in 2013. That’s when my life changed forever. Being 15 years old already has its problems, but I had just a few more. At that time, I was being verbally and physically abused by…

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Running Away from Your Problems Won’t Help

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By fighting a lot in school, I became a criminal that was crying out for help. I started fighting at the age of six. I had a lot of anger in me because of my past and at the time that was all I knew how to handle my problems. All the stuff around me…

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Faith in Your Future

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Survival depends on how you identify the struggle you have to overcome. The struggle of allowing a time or an event to constantly linger upon your heart can be overwhelming. I admit openly that I am a victim of multiple situations that had overcome me. I have been raped multiple times by my father. I…

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The Phone Call

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    I had just graduated from military school. It was also my 18th birthday. They were having a party for me. Then I got a phone call from my biological mother. And I was expecting a “congratulations” and for her to say she was proud of me. Boy, was I wrong!  She told me…

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Maturity at a Young Age Because of Neglect

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My mother is in bed asleep because of intoxication. My stepdad is sitting in the living room, watching TV in our two-bedroom apartment. I am in the kitchen at the stove flipping grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m 4 years old. I had to, or felt I had to, take all of the responsibility of being a…

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Different Grievances

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When I was 17 years old, my nephew was wrongfully arrested. He was in the wrong place at the wrong time. There were three girls who accused him of being a part of a jumping. It was wrong how he had to spend a whole year and a half in a Youth Detention Center, because…

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Family Problems Affect Schoolwork

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If you are a teen and you have family problems or if you are an adult that had family problems as a teen, you should read this. Maybe my life will make your confidence increase. My name is QuaShad and I am 14 years old. My life started to go bad when I was 13. It…

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