Hear how Cortez, and adoptee, overcame his struggles to build an identity in a changing environment.
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Shares Cortez's story about being adopted, having his name changed, returning to foster care, and reclaiming his name, as well as his struggle to build an identity in a constantly changing environment.
Capacity Building Center for States (2021). Young Adult, Formerly in Foster Care: Reclaiming My Name. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.