14 years in Oregon’s Foster Care System

Miguel “Phoenix” Angel Ramirez is 18 years old. Since he was 4 years old, Phoenix was in and out of foster care for 14 years in the state of Oregon. Throughout his foster care experience, he was placed in 13 different foster homes, sometimes placed in the same home at different times, as well as 4 treatment facilities. He is currently still in care and lives on his own with help of an independent living program. He has two siblings.

Phoenix enjoys theatre, video games, napping, and generally being awesome. He has graduated at his local high school and will be attending Southern Oregon University to pursue his love of acting this fall. He is very excited to make a difference no matter how small in another person's life.