Montoya Thomas

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Years in care: 15 Montoya entered foster care at age 5 due to a history of abuse. Montoya lived in 12 foster homes and 2 residential treatment centers. Montoya participated and advocated with P.E.A.K.S camp, Teen Conference, Youth Leadership Council, Lone Star Conference, and Youth in Action at the State... Read more

Ernesto Olivares

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Ernesto entered the Texas foster care system at 12 years old with his three siblings. Ernesto lost his father months before high school graduation. Ernesto went to San Antonio College for four and half years studying Psychology and Sociology. Ernesto works full-time and volunteers a lot of time reforming the... Read more

Davina Hollin

Davina spent 9 years in Texas' foster care system. At nine years old, Davina's father was sentenced to thirty-­five years in prison on charges of intoxicated manslaughter. Her father’s absence led to her life in the foster care system. At the time, Davina's mother was not in the position to... Read more

Erika Salgado

Erika spent 4 years in Texas' foster care system. Erika entered the foster care system at age 14. Since then, she has been in multiple placements. She transferred to five different high schools and has been in foster homes, group homes, shelters, and residential treatment centers. Erika overcame the stigma... Read more