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Patricia Beede of Rhode Island, an adoptive white mother of a 13-year-old daughter, Nicole, who is African American: “I was driving Nicole and some of her friends around. We passed by a group home, and Nicole’s best friend said, in kind of a mocking way, ‘That’s where those group home girls live.’ Nicole spoke up and said, ‘There’s no such thing as ‘group home girls.’” She then explained that those who live in group homes aren’t responsible for their situations and that living in a group home doesn’t define them. “I was proud of Nicole. I once bought her a button that says, ‘Speak up, even if your voice shakes.’ She put that button on, and I can honestly say that I believe that’s how she tries to live her life. She gets it, I think.