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Ryan entered the foster care system at the age of 11. He was first placed in an emergency shelter, bounced to a residential treatment center, and finally placed in a group home in where he would stay until he aged out of the system at age 18. He was separated from his siblings and he often thought to himself "I wonder if my brother & sister will remember who I am."

Although Ryan had a difficult time in foster care he did not let that stop him from making a difference. He has dedicated most of his free time serving on boards and committees in Texas to make some real changes. Ryan is involved on the local, state and national levels in his advocacy work. He has presented workshops, participated in keynote speeches, provided training & technical assistance to child welfare professionals and organized blood drives and fundraisers.

Ryan is currently attending Lamar University and is planning on obtaining his bachelor degree in Social Work with a Masters in Counseling and Development. With his education he hopes to give back to his brothers and sisters who are following his footsteps through the foster care system. "My experience in foster care was not good at all, but I learned to move on and make the best of it because you're not going to get anywhere complaining about your situations, you have to do something about them."

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Ryan, I am so very proud of you! You are amazing!
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Ryan, you are such an inspiration to so many out there. I don't think you will ever be able to comprehend the impact that you have on so many people. It truly is my pleasure to be able to work with you!!! Mrs. Trisha
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We are so Proud of you Ryan! What an Inspiration you are to all of us! - VOICES Region 5 Youth Leadership Council
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congratulations Ryan!
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Ryan, I am so proud of you. You are amazing! Your Friend Carina