Years in Care: 2
Weston entered the foster care system at age 14 when his biological parents neglected him for identifying as gay. After hospitalizations, shelters and foster home placements, he found his forever family with his two dads and six siblings. Now Weston is a LGBTQ youth advocate for foster care youth. He was a member of the Youth Speak Out Team, which works to raise awareness of the experiences of foster youth and the challenges they face. Weston worked on a Bill of Rights for Foster Care Youth and in the summer of 2017, the bill was passed and signed by the Governor of Missouri. Weston is a former Youth Ambassador for the Human Rights Campaign, where he shared his voice and experiences, raising awareness for LGBTQ issues that youth across the country are facing everyday. Recently he was awarded the FosterClub Outstanding Young Leader Award for his continuous work advocating for foster care youth in the LGBTQ community. Weston is now a freshman in college seeking a bachelor’s degree in Communication with an emphasis in Mass Communications where he aspires to be a motivational speaker sharing his lived experiences to youth across the country and hopefully working for the largest civil rights organization in the country, the Human Rights Foundation. In his spare time, he enjoys spending it with his family and friends and living his authentic self everyday.