Elbert Belcher

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21 years in Kentucky’s foster care system Elbert was born into Kentucky’s foster care system where he spent 21 years in states care. He grew up with the polished truth that his mother was a severe alcoholic and unable to take care of him or his siblings. Throughout his childhood... Read more

Stephanie Sikes

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6 years in Kentucky’s foster care system. Stephanie was placed into Kentucky's foster care system at the age of 14 after a troubled past that included truancy. Although there was much healing to do from her experience with her birth family, Stephanie eventually learned to embrace the second chance and... Read more

Athenia Brown

Athenia Brown spent 8 years in Kentucky's foster care system. Athenia entered foster care at 10 and has spent 6 years in Kentucky’s foster care system. She has experienced multiple placements including foster care and kinship care. Athenia is passionate about changing the foster care system to be more inclusive... Read more

Shane Kendall

Shane Kendall spent 10 years in Kentucky's foster care system. For Shane Kendall of Kentucky, life has never been easy—even when it looked like he’d gotten the breaks. After four years and four homes in foster care, he was adopted at the age of seven. But something just wasn’t right,... Read more

Bernard Ball

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Bernard Ball of Kentucky is currently pursuing a degree in Social Work. At age 19, he is already laying the groundwork to accomplish his goal of achieving a Ph.D. He has served as president of the State Youth Advisory Council since 2009, a council that gives the foster youth of... Read more

Ivis Flanagan

Ivis says about the power of youth voice: “It is those of us who have been in the system before that have the voice our current brothers and sisters in care will be willing to listen to, the voice that will tell them they are worth more than some may... Read more