Ashley Tilley wasn’t completely alone. She had her older sister along at least some of the time while she was bouncing around the foster care system. Her mother was coping with a mental illness, so Ashley had to come to terms with a new normal.
She tells KERA’s Krys Boyd that she and her sister are “just now talking about it ’cause it’s a shock…. You think it’s normal until you see other people and then it’s not.”
On Students Speak Out: A KERA American Graduate Special, Ashley and five other students will talk about what it takes to finish school. The program airs on KERA TV Wednesday at 7 p.m.