She first went into the system when she was five years old, she says.
She bounced around, like any of the thousands of kids in Michigan who go through foster care. So she waited, like everyone else waits. Many of them wait so long, they turn 18 in foster care, and they’re never adopted. They “age out.”
But her story took a different turn.
It was this winter. January. Abbi was 15 years old. We’re just using her first name.
She was living in a group home, thinking of another year, another birthday without a family. She talked to her therapist about it.