StoryCorps: A Foster Mom And Daughter Celebrate Their 5th Mother's Day Together When Jade Rone was placed in Stacia Parker's care, she kept her feelings to herself: "I just felt like I didn't matter." But Parker had different expectations for her.
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'Searching For A Mom': A Foster Daughter Finds One – And A Voice Of Her Own

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'Searching For A Mom': A Foster Daughter Finds One – And A Voice Of Her Own

'Searching For A Mom': A Foster Daughter Finds One – And A Voice Of Her Own

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

It is Friday. Friday, which is time for StoryCorps. We'll hear today from Jade Rone, who grew up in foster care in Philadelphia. When she was a teenager, her longtime foster mother died, leaving her searching for a new family. And she was placed in Stacia Parker's home in 2015. At StoryCorps, they sat down to recall those days.

JADE RONE: Nobody asked me how I was feeling. I just felt like I didn't matter. So when I was doing bad in school, I kept it to myself.

STACIA PARKER: So when you came to my house, it was totally different.

RONE: It was totally different.

PARKER: I know that you were quiet. And I knew that because you were quiet and petite that people had not paid attention to you. You would just say, mhm. See how you just said it and didn't use your words? You had no requests, not even specific food. I said, this is unusual for a teenager. So do you remember the day that you came to me and said, I don't want to live here? You told me that the things I wanted from you were impossible.

RONE: That sound like something I would say (laughter).

PARKER: You said that is was no way you were going to learn to make a bed...

RONE: Clean.

PARKER: ...Be on time. And I wanted you to continue your violin practice. As an African American female, society was already going to marginalize you.

RONE: Right.

PARKER: So I was trying to develop your voice.

RONE: You asked me questions about what was going on. You asked me, OK, so you fail in this class. So what we need to do? I'm like, what you mean what we need to do, because nobody put we. It was always you need to fix this. So what's something that you think I've taught you?

PARKER: You've taught me the power of love. You really helped me see that not only do I know what your needs are, but that I know how to meet them.

RONE: I'm glad. I want to thank you for everything because if you would not have pushed me, I don't think I would be anywhere near where I am right now. I've been searching for a mom all my life. Then I got you. And we've been...

PARKER: (Laughter).

RONE: ...It's been bumpy.

PARKER: But I'll be here.

RONE: I know you will.

(SOUNDBITE OF BLUE DOT SESSIONS' "HOME HOME AT LAST")

INSKEEP: All right. Jade Rone with her mother Stacia Parker in 2019. This weekend, Jade will be celebrating her fifth Mother's Day with Stacia and with her own two daughters. Their conversation will be archived in the Library of Congress with many others.

(SOUNDBITE OF BLUE DOT SESSIONS' "HOME HOME AT LAST")

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