Nautica Carter knows a life of painful and repeated rejection.
She was adopted shortly after birth, but her parents gave her up when she was 6 years old.
Another adoption fell apart when she was 13.
At 17, she was adopted again, but, she said, her adoptive father beat and sexually abused her. She left home at 19. Now 24 and living in Urbana in Champaign County, she is no longer in contact with the family.