Jaquelyn was in the foster care system for about 3 years. She entered the system at 17 years old and had two different placements in foster homes. She transitioned out of the system to living on her own after being in care for 3 years. Jaquelyn is currently attending Warner Pacific University majoring in Psychology. She wishes to obtain her bachelors in psychology, then attend law school to become a lawyer.
Jaquelyn is currently working as a Peer Navigator on the Oregon Pandemic Relief funds project at FosterClub, in partnership with the state of Oregon to get funds out to support young people who have experienced foster care.
Jaquelyn has found this past year to be very challenging for her mental health, and also financially. She has struggled like many others during the Pandemic. She lost her previous job due to Covid-19, but was lucky enough to have another job at her University soon after.
As a Peer Navigator she hopes to make a difference and help everyone she can because she knows how challenging this past year has been for those who have experience in the foster care system.
“Our challenges may look different, but in many ways are similar. We are in this together although it may feel lonely at times we are here for each other,” she said.
If you or someone you know has experienced foster care in Oregon and has a financial need, you may qualify for this emergency relief. Please visit www.fosterclub.com/ORHelp to apply. If you need any type of support in filling out this form, please contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 for assistance.
FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. FosterClub provides direct support to young people who experience foster care and drives change in the child welfare system by elevating youth voice. The national headquarters of FosterClub are located in Seaside, Oregon.