Deja Andrews is a main character introduced in her debut episode, Deja Vu, as a girl moving in and out of the foster care system with a mother who was arrested for having an unlicensed gun in her possession. After experiencing abuse and neglect at the hands of former foster families, she is hesitant to be welcomed into the hands of the Pearsons, especially Randall, who wants to establish a bond with her. She eventually gets adopted by the Pearsons after a bumpy wedding when she lashes out because her mother left her.
Deja was born to a young mother who was sixteen. In her early years, she was primarily raised by her great-grandmother until she was five years old, before her grandmother suffered a fatal heart attack as they were returning home one day with groceries. From then on, she was raised by her young mother, Shauna Andrews. The two lived in the hood and Deja grew up fast as she was used to doing taxes, cooking meals, laundry, etc. She first entered the foster care system after ending up in the emergency room with a terrible cut suffered making her mother’s birthday dinner. Deja experienced abuse at the hands of foster parents which would ultimately influence her later behavior when she entered the Pearson household.
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