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Aging Out
My Story
David Griffin
Risa Bejarano
Daniella Anderson
Keely Lopez
Thomas Hudson

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New York, NY
Daniella Anderson
Twenty-year-old Daniella Anderson was nine months pregnant and expecting her first child any day. Daniella had moved into her first group home at age 16, after being severely abused by her father. Since then she had moved a dozen times, most recently to a special group home in Manhattan for pregnant girls in foster care called Inwood House.

DANIELLA: I think that once I have my baby in my arms, all my fears and concerns are just going to go out the window. When I found out I was pregnant, for a long time I pondered over what decision to make. I felt that, I'm a freshman in college, I'm going to be able to work. I'm going to be able to do all these things and boom, here's a responsibility. I was going to have an abortion. I told my boyfriend, and he said "We can't. We're having this baby."
I now have a son, and I have a mate and we need to be in our own home.

Daniella Anderson, Veasna Hover, Elijah
Daniella video Foster Care v. Freedom

Daniella's boyfriend, Veasna Rin-Hover, 19, came to America from Cambodia after his parents died when he was still an infant. He was put in foster care as well. When Daniella got pregnant, he insisted that they keep the child, even though they were both in foster care and not yet married. When their baby son, Elijah, was born, Daniella and Veasna took turns babysitting. They spend several hours every day traveling between Veasna's job, Daniella's college and their separate foster care placements.

DANIELLA: I'm 20 years old, and at 18 you can sign yourself out of care. I choose to be in the system, receiving financial support. But, since Elijah's been born, I don't think I am going to make it until 21 being in the system.
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