Radio Diaries: Teen Mom

“Melissa never meant to get pregnant. But now, after 12 years of living in the foster care system, she’s trying to build the family she never had.

“The funny thing about a having a baby, especially a boy, is that he always pisses on me. Always. Any time I change him, he’s always peeing on me. I don’t know why. He’s marking his territory. Like he says, ‘This is mine.’” This story originally aired on NPR’s All Things Considered in 1996.”

Melissa’s diary

Melissa sixteen years later.

16 Years Later

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