Vita Short

Vita Short 8 years in Indiana’s Foster Care System 20 years old She/Her/Hers Vita experienced eight years in the foster care system. One thing she would like people to know about the foster care experience is that the system lacks support and resources for older youth that are aging out... Read more

Justin Hayden

Justin Hayden 5 years in Indiana’s Foster Care System 20 years old He/Him/His Justin experienced five years in the foster care system. He is from Northwest Indiana and is currently a student at Purdue University Northwest. He is a communication major with a focus in public relations and a minor... Read more

Rimy Morris

Rimy Morris 10 years in Indiana’s foster care system 21 years old She/Her/Hers Rimy entered foster care in October 2010. She lived in 5 different foster home, 2 groups homes and 2 residential treatment facilities. Rimy aged out of care in January 2019. She now lives in the dormitories at... Read more

Mercedes Wooten

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Mercedes Wooten, 21, Indiana, spent 5 years in foster care in many different placements. She is the youngest of five siblings. She previously interned at the Wilkie Farr & Gallagher (LLP) Law firm. Currently, she attends college in Indiana and majors in Political Science with hopes to become a lawyer... Read more