Paulette Anne Castro spent 14 years in California's foster care system.

Paulette was removed from her mothers care at the age of 5 years old and remained in California's foster care system for the next 14 years of her life. She has experienced 11 different movements in over 9 different homes. As a survivor of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, Paulette is now thriving in life. After constantly struggling to find stability on her own she instead focused her energy on pursuing her education and used it as a foundation. Paulette was able to complete the Human Services Program and is now majoring in Sociology with a minor in Photography. Paulette spends her free time volunteering, serving others, embracing art, writing and loving her family and friends.