Daniela Nichitean, spent 9 years in Arizona’s foster care system. Daniela is a student, a music lover, a movie fanatic, and a foster kid... Despite the hardships she faced in her 9 years in foster care, Daniela has grown into an independent and successful alumna of the foster care system, shattering the statistics she was faced with. She spent her time in foster care in 4 different placements, ranging from a shelter to a foster home. Daniela values the relationship she has with her siblings, biological and foster, and she believes maintaining that contact with them provides her support and her own circle of trust, as family should. Daniela is currently a student at Glendale Community College majoring in Family and Marriage Psychology. She has dreams of obtaining her master’s degree in Psychology and building a career with an organization that works with young people in the foster care system. Daniela was recognized as a 2009 Outstanding Young Leader.