Growing Up After Foster Care

Growing Up After Foster Care

Caeshel Sue Rae Allen, 18, faces single parenthood and life with a drug-using partner who's awaiting trial for abusing her. (Soul of Athens)

Caeshel Sue Rae Allen was molested by her stepfather and often ran away from home. She entered the foster-care system when she was 12. Now 18, Caeshel has aged out of the program and is trying to make it on her own, but her problems continue.

Her drug-using boyfriend, Anthony, often beats her, but she sticks with him because she is pregnant and desperate not to be alone. Anthony is currently awaiting trial on domestic violence charges filed by the state, but Caeshel refuses to testify against him. She says she always wanted a family no matter how bad the circumstances.

This story is part of the 2009 Soul of Athens project produced by students at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication and E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. The Soul of Athens is an annual online publication studying the contrasts of this Appalachian county through a collection of stories and multimedia presentations.

CHANNEL: Soul of Athens

Length: 3:53

Photography, Audio and Production: Rachel Mummey
Senior Producer: Charlie Zimkus