Veronica Krupnick, age 23, spent 4 years in New Mexico’s Child Welfare system. 

Veronica was adopted at 10 years old. Because of the trauma, she experienced as a child graduating from high school was a much harder task. She persisted and worked hard in pursuing her desire and successfully received her high school diploma. To later attend Fort Lewis College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health and minor in Psychology. Becoming one of two in her biological family to have a college degree. 

Currently, Veronica works as a Foster Youth Advocate, sharing her perspective to create change in New Mexico’s Child Welfare system. She also works as a community facilitator and a member of the Youth Action Board. When Veronica has free time, she reads, writes, and enjoys a game of volleyball. 

Veronica plans to attend graduate school in hopes to earn a degree in Social Work or Public Health. She has always envisioned herself working with children and youth, supporting them to not only survive but thrive in the face of adversity. Another goal of hers is to reintegrate herself into her Native American community in hopes to provide services and connect with her culture.  

My biggest responsibilities now and in the future is to be a positive role model and adult for my younger siblings to rely on. I’d like to write a book about my life experiences to help others going through the same thing to see that there is always hope.

Veronica Krupnick aspires to be a positive role model for many, but especially her young siblings. She wants to share her story to transform her negative experiences into positive ones by advocating for those in crisis or in need of an advocate. Veronica believes youth in care deserve to be supported and treated as a priority.