Rimy Morris, 21, Indiana’s Foster Care System 

Rimy entered foster care when she was in 5th grade. She experienced multiple placements during her time in foster care and described feeling “so unwanted” and “bitter towards the world”. 

Her junior year, she became involved in sports, joined the student council, and “started working three times as hard as before.” She used her lived experience to support other youth in care through the Indiana Youth Advisory Board. She also helped develop and implement three programs at her university for youth who have been in foster care. 

Rimy declares that her plans “will always include foster youth because that’s where her heart lies.” While she says she doesn’t know what the future holds, she is certain “that as long as I am able to, I will fight for what is right.” 

“I give back because I know what it’s like to have nothing or no one. I know that I can be the difference between life and death for some youth. I give back because I still have 9 siblings in foster care and I refuse to let them go through what I had to. I give back because after every event I look around and am filled with peace because I know this what I am supposed to do. I give back because I have found my purpose. I give back because my 2 siblings with mental disabilities and those like them can not fight for themselves. I give back because if I don’t, then who will?”