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Being A Mom When You Didn't Really Have One

Patricia Mabry, a retired DCPS principal, now runs the child development center at The Elizabeth Ministry in southeast D.C. She works with the infants and toddlers of foster children. (Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU)
Patricia Mabry, a retired DCPS principal, now runs the child development center at The Elizabeth Ministry in southeast D.C. She works with the infants and toddlers of foster children. (Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU)

Americans spent about 21 billion dollars on greetings cards, flowers, jewelry, brunch and the like this year to show their appreciation of mothers. Since 1914, the second Sunday in May is the day we do that. And it got us to thinking: What kind of mother would you be if you never really had a mother? That’s what hundreds of thousands of foster children have to deal with when they themselves have children — especially when they are just children themselves. Kavitha Cardoza from Here & Now contributor WAMU spent time with some of these young women — and with someone who’s trying to help them.

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