I was raised as a Chinese American speaking Cantonese fluently and some Tosanese with my grandma. When I entered foster care at the age of 12, I was no longer my own person. I was told by others on how I should act and behave based on their cultural expectations. I had to fit a "mold" that wasn't made for me to fit in. I lived with four different families and spent five years in foster care. When I aged out of the foster care system, I began to find a stronger voice within myself and for others to hear. As a former foster youth and a person of color, I advocate for youth to overcome cultural barriers, embrace diversity, and finding you own "voice" in the foster care system.

2005 All-Star Theresa Moy spent 5 years in foster care in Minnesota. As an advocate for youth in foster care, Theresa would like to help Minnesota youth overcome the many cultural issues as she did, and actively participate to improve the system. Learn more about Theresa

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Read about 2006 All Star Daryle Conquering Bear's testimony in front of the U.S. Congressional Ways and Means Committee about the importance of maintaining a connection with his culture

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