Dion Stump, 18, Montana’s Foster Care System

Dion experienced 3 kinship/relative placements that did not work out. The system found an alternative placement at a group home and she stayed there for almost 2 years. During her senior year, she graduated a semester early. During her transition, she received resource support from the independent living program and is now successfully living independently.

She is currently attending Great Falls Montana State University, where she will graduate with an Associate of Arts degree by next fall. Along with that, she recently joined the Air Force JROTC and very active with the state advisory board where she enjoys advocating and providing her expertise. Her future goals are to join the airforce or either become a social worker or nurse. 

Dion finds purpose in giving back to her foster care community. She would like foster youth to know that they are not alone. She hopes to be a supportive adult to youth in care, for she knows the positive impact a supportive adult could have in the life of a young person.