Erica Townson

Erica Townson spent 7 years in Colorado's foster care system. Erica was separated from my younger siblings at a young age, but was blessed with the opportunity to reunite with them. Currently she is attending the Community College of Denver to pursue her dreams of becoming an influential actress. A... Read more

Samson Jones

Sam entered care at age 10. He experienced roughly 15 placements; 11 foster homes and 4 residential facilities. After experiencing 10 years in Oregon's foster care system having minimal contact with his bio family, is currently re-establishing his relations with his parents and siblings. Sam is pursuing a two-year transfer... Read more

Tracye Redd

Tracye Redd spent 6 years in Iowa’s foster care system. Tracye entered the Iowa foster care system at the age of 12. He's made his way through 8 different placements, including foster homes, shelters and even residential facilities. He graduated from high school a year early at the age of... Read more

Jaleesa Suell

Jaleesa Suell spent 10 years in California’s foster care system. Jaleesa was removed from her biological mother and separated from her 4 siblings when she was eight years old. After living in six foster homes, she emancipated at age eighteen after graduating from high school. Jaleesa is involved with Foster... Read more

Crystal O’Grady

Crys O’Grady, JD, is the research manager at NICWA. Crys earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology with an emphasis on poverty and inequality from Stanford University, and her juris doctor from the University of Washington School of Law. While at Stanford, Crys conducted quantitative research on the demographics of youth... Read more

Andy Wagner

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Andy spent 6 years in California’s foster care system, entering at age 11. He is a college student, surfer, techie… and a foster kid. He experienced 24 placements 2 foster homes, 16 group homes and 6 runs at the children’s home. He is proud to have connections with all of... Read more