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Karen Marie Hernandez of Cosmic Kitten on Living in the Foster Care System

On this episode, Karen Marie Hernandez of Cosmic Kitten joins host Jason Schreurs to talk about the struggles she faced as a youth in foster care and living in group homes. Karen spent her childhood in a neglectful household, and a teen in the government care system, all the while dealing with mental health struggles and medication side effects. Playing her guitar and writing music helped lead her through to the stable life that she has made for herself.

Scream Therapy · Episode 67: Karen Marie Hernandez of Cosmic Kitten on living in the foster-care system

Featured song clips:
Cosmic Kitten – “All the World” from Laugh of a Lifetime (Whatever Music, 2023)
Cosmic Kitten – “Night Goat” (Melvins cover) from Lobotomize West Coast Live! (2023)
Cosmic Kitten – “Laugh of a Lifetime” from Laugh of a Lifetime (Whatever Music, 2023)

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