A look into the reality of the Georgia foster care system

More than 700 kids are in the foster system right now across our Georgia region. Shayna Killian was one of them, so she wants to make sure others are not forgotten. That’s why she started the Fostering Hope Festival.

Shayna says her story is a hard one to tell.

“Being separated from them left this hole in your heart and you don’t really know how to fill it,” Shayna said.

But it’s one she wants to tell because it made her who she is today.

“I got picked up from school and then we went into the foster system,” Shayna said. “I didn’t really know what was going on. Then you see your mom and you’re taken away from her quickly. All you have is suitcases and all your stuff and then you’re going to someone else.”

She was 8-years-old when she was put into the foster care system.

“My dad he wasn’t the best guy. He got arrested and then we went into foster care.”

She and her five siblings were separated. Shayna says she got lucky with a caring, loving family for 17 months. But she knows that’s not always the case.

“Two of my siblings were abused in their homes before they were separated.”

The reality of foster care is …

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