Josh Mendoza bounced around 14 different group homes during his two years in foster care. Now 18, he has aged out of foster care and recently moved into his own apartment. Melissa Lyttle for NPR hide caption

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Susan Pham holds her son, Nathan. Pham meets with other mothers twice a month to discuss parenting, motherhood and life. The meetings are part of a support program for at-risk families. Pam Fessler/NPR hide caption

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Eli Johnson's great-grandmother saved his funeral card. Three-year-old Eli was beaten to death in 2009. May-Ying Lam/NPR hide caption

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