7 years in New York’s Foster Care System

Joseph DeBiew grew up in Buffalo, New York. In 2005 he lost his mother and was put in the care of his grandparents. After struggling with addiction, Joe was put into a residential treatment facility and then bounced in between group homes. Following seven years and five different placements within the system, Joe discharged himself in 2017.

Currently, Joe advocates for homeless youth in his hometown. He is working to rebuild relationships with his sisters and his two-year-old daughter. In 2019, Joe plans to return to school to study business. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, longboarding, and playing fortnite.