Kristopher Wannquist spent 7 years in Washington's foster care system.

Kristopher has experienced things no child should be exposed to but has strived to prove his intelligence. He entered foster care at age 14 and despite challenges, found foster parents who he considers mom and dad today. After he turned 18, Kristopher decided to pursue voluntary foster care to assist him as he pursued his college studies. He earned his Associate's Degree at Whatcom Community College. He transferred to Washington State University where he will graduate with his Bachelor's in Psychology this spring. In 2016, he interned for the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute where he researched and published a policy report titled "Extended Foster Care and Reentry: Increasing Success for Older Foster Youth . Kristopher is a recipient of the Governor's Scholarship, Passport Scholarship and the Educational Training Voucher. He has been involved with The College Success Foundation (CSF) for three years. He hopes to obtain a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling and also wants to be an active advocate for foster youth including conducting research to help improve child legislation that will help foster youth. His ultimate dream job would be to travel across America and give speeches on his own experiences through the foster care system to help motivate and guide children from all backgrounds, but mainly foster youth.

Quote: "Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." - Ralph Waldo Emerson