Lydia Entered the state’s care at the age of 4 alongside her siblings. After many foster homes, two failed kinship care placements and an upwards of eight elementary schools she was separated from her siblings. Shortly after being placed in her mother's care at the age of nine, her mother was incarcerated and Lydia became homeless. Child Welfare gave a friend’s family the option of becoming a foster family for Lydia. She stayed with this family until she graduated from high school in 2008. Becoming more self-reliant, Lydia decided to start her journey at Western Oregon University. Lydia allowed her experiences to shape her educational aspirations and will be graduating with a degree in criminal justice with a focus in juvenile corrections. She is optimistic about working with and inspiring current and future foster youth in her future career path. Lydia is a student, advocate, friend, smile winner….and a foster kid.