Chelsea Clark spent 5 years in Tennessee's foster care system

Chelsea Clark entered foster care at age fifteen due to abuse and neglect. She experienced eight placements before finding a kinship placement, and she is now in extended foster care. Chelsea is currently enrolled in American Baptist College, majoring in Behavioral Studies and minoring in theology. She hopes to pursue a career directly working with children and youth.

Chelsea is most interested in the prevention of the need for foster care. She knows firsthand how the trauma of entering foster care can have a lasting impact, and she hopes that her story will help shed light on how it feels to be removed from your family in the midst of a struggle. The trauma is compounded by the instability in the foster care system, and Chelsea strives to advocate for foster youth so that no child has to experience the same trauma that she did

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2017 Outstanding Young Leaders