Jacqueline Adams, age 22, California’s Child Welfare system.

Jacqueline entered care at 6 years old. She was in and out of care, moving back and forth between foster care and her biological family till the age of 15, she legally became a ward of the court. Jacqueline has experienced foster homes, homelessness, juvenile hall, and a group home in which is where she successfully graduated high school. At 18, she opted into extended care till the age of 21. Overall she had some great experiences in her foster homes and some bad but it all impacted her life and changed it for the better. 

When there is someone or something in need of help, Jacqueline often is there to be of service. She is very caring and supportive whether it’s within her community or for her friends. Jacqueline also provides her perspective and expertise on panels for her community to bring awareness and change within the foster care system. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, reading a good book, or hanging with her friends. 

Jacqueline is attending school for aesthetics. Once she receives a license, she hopes to attend college to gain a BA in Sociology. One day Jacqueline wants to become a proud business owner. Jacqueline is a leader and friend for those in need. Her experiences are an example to other foster youth that things can get better. 

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2019 Outstanding Young Leaders