A 17-YEAR-OLD girl has shared shocking childhood photos showing her as an infant surrounded by needles, laying bare the reality of life with a "druggy" mum.
The teenager posted the devastating collection online this week with details of the squalor she and her four siblings had to endure.
"This is me at 18 months," she wrote alongside a photo of a toddler lying in a filthy room strewn with drug paraphernalia.
"Yes, those are needles on the windowsill and yes, this is what the entire house looked like. #druggymomlife"
The woman said she and her siblings were taken into foster care after her old brother, who was 16 at the time, grew "sick of [their] conditions" and took the photos to show a teacher at school.
The images were handed to Child Protection Services and the children were removed from their mother's care.
The woman said she then spent nine years on and off in foster care but is now doing well.
The images prompted over 2,000 responses on Reddit, where users expressed shock and sympathy.
One user wrote: "My daughter is about your age and this breaks my heart.
"Please accept a really big mom hug, you deserved better."
Another said: "It physically hurts to think of how many children are in situations exactly like this or worse right this second."
Others shared their own experiences and congratulated the woman for speaking out.
"Fellow daughter of a druggie mom/ ex foster kiddo here. I admire you for showing this pic.
"So many of us try to hide our childhoods – myself included.
"I do want to be more open (in the right settings) but first I have to be brave with myself."
The woman who posted the images later wrote: "Thank you for all the support! I was not expecting this much of a reaction!"
She also said she hopes one day to help other children in similar situations.
"I don't want to give birth to children. I only want to foster/ adopt," she wrote.
"I would prefer older kids as it's harder for them to get adopted."
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