Whatever happens to the children that don't get adopted and age out of foster care? They become apart of the 1.7 million teens experiencing homelessness in America.
At a very young age, Angel wasn't new to the term hardship. His father, who was an alcoholic, would often physically abuse him and his siblings, but his mother would receive the worst of it.
"I had a rough childhood growing up, I've blocked out every bad memory that I possibly could. I don't like to think about the past much."
In 2010, Angel's mother became seriously ill with cancer, and during this time, his father disappeared and left the children to fend for themselves. Angel was only 12 years old when he lost both of his parents.
Fortunately, Angel's older sister had a boyfriend, whose mother was generous enough to share her home with them; but all that glitters is not gold.
The mother was cashing in Angels mother's social security checks, and when that ran out, she called social services to see if she could receive money for taking care of the children. At the time, social services were unaware of the situation, and when informed, the children were taken and separated.
From 2010 - 2016, Angel spent the next six years of his life bouncing around four foster homes, three group homes, and four mental hospitals. "I often contemplated suicide because I wasn't happy; I just wanted to be home; I just wanted my mom."
When Angel turned 18, he had just aged out of the foster care system and had to figure out his next move fast. He was able to find work at Mcdonalds, but only for a short time.
"I have ADHD(Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder), and so sometimes I daydream during work, or I'm either slow at grasping things."
Angel had the opportunity to sing a couple of his songs at Gate City Podcast, one of our amazing community partners.