Age 19, 9 years in Arkansas’s foster care system.
Shaden has been in and out of care since age 10, being placed in 4 shelters and 3 foster homes. Shaden’s quest for permanence ended in 2008 when he met his permanent family. He is currently attending the University of Arkansas Fort Smith and is working part time in the Dean’s office in the College of Education. Shaden feels that his experiences, both good and bad are tools that have enabled him to help change the foster care system, not only for youth all across the nation but for his 4 brothers and 3 sisters as well. He plans on obtaining a Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Advanced Health and Art. Shaden is an artist, a brother, a foodie, and a foster kid.