Cody Breeden

Cody spent: 15+ years in California's foster care system Cody Breeden spent several years in the foster care system, experiencing a wide variety of placements, and is now participating in extended foster care. He recently graduated from high school and is currently focusing on work and volunteer opportunities. Cody would... Read more

Veda Cota

Veda spent 16 years in California's foster care system. Veda is a student, who wants to make a difference for youth. She currently attends Los Angeles City College where she is studying Psychology and preparing to transfer to Sacramento State University, a four year university. Veda’s career goal is to... Read more

Nancy Tran

Nancy spent 18 years in California's foster care system. Prior to the implementation of Assembly Bill 12, Nancy spent 17 years in the foster care system; her 18th birthday and high school graduation led to her emancipation. Aging out of the foster care system left her completely unprepared for adulthood... Read more

Alexis Barries

Alexis Barries spent 18 years in California's foster care system. At an early age, Alexis entered foster care with her siblings due to both parents facing life sentences. She experienced several placements, school changes and separation from her siblings, but remained resilient. At the age of 16, Alexis entered a... Read more

Zule Dixon

Zule spent 2 years in California's foster care system. Zule currently attends Cerritos College in the city of Norwalk, California. While pursuing her Associates for Transfer Degree in Sociology, she is actively involved in the on-campus former foster youth program, Gender Equality Club, and works in the Disabled Students Programs... Read more

Davonna Watkins

Davonna spent 10 years in California's foster care system. Davonna was born and raised in Pomona, CA with her three sisters and twin brother. At birth, she and her siblings were placed in the kinship program, which resulted in her grandmother gaining legal guardianship of Davonna at age 10 until... Read more

Rosalina H. Burton

Rosalina spent 12 years in California's foster care system. Sometimes it feels like you are climbing up a mountain that is too steep and you don’t have the right shoes, every step you take forward you slide back two more”. This is how Rosalina (Rosie) Burton, a former foster youth... Read more

Tommy Diaz

Tommy Diaz spent 13 years in California's foster care system. So accustomed to the living conditions with his mother at first, Tommy found it difficult to adjust to the many different placements throughout his 13 years in California’s foster care system. Through his struggles, Tommy found his way to independence... Read more

Maria Burgos

Maria Burgos spent 17 years in California's foster care system. After spending 17 years in California’s foster care system with over 14 placements and schools, Maria Burgos has proven statistics to be wrong. She is currently enrolled at Brown University with a 3.0 GPA studying health and human biology. To... Read more

Monisha Sullivan

Monisha "Moe-Moe" Sullivan spent 9 years in California's foster care system. Nine years in California’s foster care system did not stop Monisha. She is currently enrolled at the City College of San Francisco with a 4.0 GPA studying public policy and child development. Monisha hopes to own her own agency... Read more