Carissa Makielski, age 21  

Pronouns: She/Her
4 years in Michigan foster system

Carissa is from Big Rapids, Michigan. She is a student at Ferris State University and plans to pursue a Master’s in Social Work. Carissa plans to become a child welfare social worker, and will strive to keep siblings together and advocate for substance abuse services for foster youth. She says, “I am extremely grateful to have a case worker who believed in my future and showed me that I was much more than the child welfare system.

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2022 All-Stars