The internal hope is key. Some children become so destroyed that they lose all knowledge of hope. Some children have been tormented and abused from such a young age. That they have no concept of what anything good is. Let alone the existence of hope, love, compassion, kindness and charity. Happiness, acceptance and satisfaction is as alien to them as real and genuine space aliens are unknown or unreal to you. The good ending to any story is not for the abused child as they are undeserving of anything good. Fairness and equality is not fair for them either as the good people seem to shun and reject them as well. Like we/they are some kind of disease which must be avoided. The police and counselors seem to treat them as the future criminals they are to become. Can you feel the misery and hopelessness of an abused child. These are some of the things in which I experienced in my childhood. Some foster children were much more braver than I ever was. As they made that unwise logical connection that it would be safer for them to live on the streets then it would to remain in the foster care system.
Can you imagine a child who has this as their only expectation in life.
My first night in the foster care system for the second time. Was spent in the juvenile detention Center. My only crime was being adopted by bad parents.
Added on 07 Feb 2016:
My story was an impossible one to endure and yet not as impossible as the millions who have endured far more than I could have ever endured. Yet, In this day there are hundreds of thousands of children who will be abused by their own parents, step parents or by the boyfriend. Some will die, disappear and forgotten.
Foster care abuse just in the last month. Just one month of research in a few minutes.
YouTube videos. Some videos a couple of years old.
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