Heaven Reel, Foster Care

Heaven Reel, 18, hugs her 7-month-old daughter, Alma Ramirez, in their Bozeman apartment. Reel was placed in foster care at age 16 after the state found evidence of neglect and abuse in her home. Age 18 can be a critical time for foster kids, when many “age out” of the system.

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Her name is Heaven, but much of her childhood sounds like hell.

Heaven Reel was placed in foster care at age 16, after state social workers found evidence of neglect or abuse in her home.

“We were always hungry,” Heaven said.

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