Monica spent 21 years in California's foster care system.
In and out of the foster care system as a child, Monica Rosas was permanently removed from her biological mother’s and abusive boyfriend’s care at the age of eight. While in care, she experienced 20 different placements. At the age of eighteen and without any support, Monica became homeless. Because of her experience, Monica wants to reduce homelessness after foster care. She believes the system needs to do a better job at informing youth of all the support programs available to them and helping them as they age out of care.
Currently, Monica is active within California Youth Connection (CYC) and was enrolled in THP-Plus Statewide Implementation Project providing housing for current and former foster youth in the state of California. She is attending school and is employed full time car detailing. With a desire to fight for foster youth and to keep them safe, Monica’s future goal is to become a child advocate.