Kaseem Johnson

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Years in care: 15 Kaseem is a senior in college at Alfred State College where he is studying Business Administration. Currently, he is living in the state of New York where Kaseem plans on finishing his college career. Kaseem is very outgoing and loves to play sports including basketball, baseball,... Read more

Pearlie Massey

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Years in care: 12 Pearlie Massey is a young girl from Rochester, NY. She is currently a student at Buffalo State College, pursuing a major in social work. Social work has always been a passion of hers, yet she was encouraged to pursue a degree that pays more. As a... Read more

Darrlyn Moorer

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A ge 22, 10 years in New York’s foster care system. Darrlyn entered foster care at age 4 before moving back in with her Mom at age 11. After 6 years living with her Mon, she returned to care at age 16. Darrlyn aged out of care while attending college... Read more

Triana Santiago

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While in the foster care system, Triana lived in 5 different placements. She is in the process of being adopted by her current foster family, with whom she has been living with for 6 years. Triana will be entering her second year at Houghton College this fall, where she is... Read more

Patricia Dorr

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Patricia was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but moved to New York at a young age. She was fortunate to be placed in the same home as her sibling. Her placement became permanent when their foster parents adopted Patricia and her brother. In the few years that followed, she gained four... Read more

Tyrick Smith-Carter

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After engaging in negative activity, Tyrick sought out to finish his schooling. After graduating Clara Barton High School, Tyrick went onto community college where it was challenging but he was able to graduate. He currently attends John Jay College, majoring in Criminal Justice. From his experiences he has learned to... Read more

Stephan Fallen

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Stephan spent 8 years in New York's foster care system. In the past eight years, Stephan Fallen has experienced three group homes, shelters, and foster homes as a youth in foster care. Stephan in interested in advocating for system change. He believes the foster care system needs to reach higher... Read more

Lorraine Hayward

Lorraine Hayward spent 17 years in New York's foster care system. With 17 years in the foster care system, Lorraine Hayward experienced twenty placements. She has bounced around from kinship care to foster homes to diagnostic settings, group homes, more foster homes and permanent homes. Finally, Lorraine was placed with... Read more

Anne Aombe

Anne spent 6 years in New York's foster care system. Born in DR Congo, Anna moved to Kenya with her siblings when she was eleven. Here, Anna and her sisters relied on each for everything. The siblings moved to America in 2010, where Anna was placed in foster care by... Read more

Johnoi Shaw

Johnoi Shaw spent 5 years in New York's foster care system. Johnoi Shaw is a young, intelligent individual who is very passionate about issues that are affecting young people in foster care. He is interested in sharing his experience to improve the life of other foster children. Johnoi reflects that... Read more