Erica Lopez

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Erica Lopez spent her whole life in California's Foster Care System With the support of strong and loving foster parents, Erica Lopez overcame her negative experiences in foster care. Her outlook has changed to one of hope. Through her pain, Erica has become compassionate and genuinely concerned for the well-being... Read more

Brandon Cherry

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Brandon Cherry spent 18 years in California's Foster Care System Brandon was placed into foster care at the age of nine months. He was later adopted by a woman in her sixties whom he lived with until she passed away when Brandon was 14. He lived with her eldest daughter... Read more

Ariel Lopez

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Ariel Lopez has made something good of her troubling experiences in foster care. She has risen above her negative experiences by not allowing them to destroy her dreams, and by learning to take control of what she could. In hindsight, she now views foster care as a positive experience which... Read more

Cassandra Cook

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Cassandra Cook spent 6 years in California's Foster Care System Cassandra entered the foster care system at the age of thirteen. Over a total of 6 years in foster care, Cassandra experienced over eight different placements. She is currently living on her own, financially stable and attending college. Cassandra says,... Read more

Evamae Tucker

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Evamae's stay in foster care began at birth. However, she was fortunate to stay with a single family during the majority of her time in care. After leaving a family member's home at the age of 16, Evamae moved into a group home. After living in one foster home and... Read more

Jasmine Orozco

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Jasmine Orozco spent 8 years in California's foster care system Jasmine comes from a family of 11, and was removed from her parents at the age of three. She believes that growing up in the foster care system is never easy; there are many different placements and case workers. Since... Read more

Jennifer Martinez

Jennifer Martines spent 2 years in California's foster care system. Outstanding Young Leader, Jennifer Martinez entered care at the age of 16. During her time in care Jennifer battled with the struggles of not being able to see her sister because her sister was not in foster care. She believes... Read more

Jasmine Wheaton

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Jasmine was been in foster care since she was 4 months old. She lived in a couple of foster homes until she moved in with her grandparents at age 5. Jasmine lived with her grandparents until leaving for college last fall. Jasmine enjoys volunteering in her community through her church... Read more

Olivia Villarreal

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Olivia entered foster care at age nine until she was 15, at when she was adopted by her foster parents. Her foster parents adopted her younger sister at the same time. Olivia's nominator states, "Olivia is my hero! She exemplifies what a role model should be to current and former... Read more

John Paul Horn

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John Paul spent ten years in the foster care system, living in seven foster homes and eight group homes. During his time in care he was a member of California Youth Connection, where he served as the Kern County Chapter President and layout editor of the organization's statewide publication, EMPOWER!... Read more