4 years in Texas Foster Care System 

Zoe entered the foster care system at 13 years old with one of her brothers, due to physical and sexual abuse. Being placed in foster care prevented Zoe from seeing her 6 other siblings. Going into her second placement, her and her brother were separated. After four years in care, she aged out at 18 and is working on rebuilding the relationships with her biological family. Zoe graduated Cedar Hill High School in the top 25% of her class. She has attended many conferences and seminars that advocate and empower foster youth. She was awarded the PAL Region 03’s Shining Star in 2016. Zoe is a student at Sam Houston State University, majoring in Criminal Justice and pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. Zoe is a member of the criminal justice academic fraternity, Lambda Alpha Epsilon, on her campus. She plans to become a criminal attorney to bring justice to those who are wronged. She plans to share her knowledge and continue to advocate for foster youth. Zoe believes that her circumstances in the past do not define her story; it was merely just a chapter in her book. Zoe likes to listen to music, read and be spontaneous.