The long and hard, but meaningful, journey of writing Not Held Down started because Felicity Graham wanted to share her experience in the foster care system.
This is her story.
"Every knock that the system threw at me I thought would break me; I didn't think I would survive. I found the strength to make it through. I realised that I did not ever want someone going through the pain I had gone through. I didn't want any kid to ever blame themselves for something that they had no control over.
I had seen friends and family changed by the system because it was easier to let it break them than to rise above it. I want to advocate for the next generation of foster kids.
This book was written to help others in care to find their strength and not feel silenced or alone."