Karen Banks

Karen spent 12 years in Minnesota's foster care system. Karen entered the foster care system and has been a child of the system since the young age of six years old. She now is twenty ­one and pursuing higher education at Augsburg College in Minneapolis Minnesota in the department of... Read more

Malcolm Leal

Malcolm entered the Minnesota foster care system when he was 10 years old. Growing up in the foster care system, Malcolm went through many hardships and obstacles to get where he is today. After graduating high school with honors. Malcolm’s goals are still ahead of him, he continues his post-secondary... Read more

Ricky Ballesteros

Ricky spent 3 years in Utah's foster care system. At the age of 16, Ricky was placed into state’s custody due to his parents involvement with drugs. Although he spent three years in foster care, he was fortunate to have been placed in a loving home. With the help of... Read more

Samantha Smith

Samantha spent 18 years in New York's foster care system. Samantha Smith is a fierce twenty-three year old residing in Brooklyn, New York. After eighteen years in the New York State foster care system, Samantha aged out. Miss Smith is currently finishing up her Bachelor’s Degree at John Jay College... Read more

Angelica Cox

Angelica spent 2 years in Michigan's foster care system and was placed into kinship care, when she was eleven years old. To help escape the trauma in her life, Angelica focused heavily on her academics and became involved in several extra curricular activities at school. In 2013, she graduated from... Read more

Rosalina H. Burton

Rosalina spent 12 years in California's foster care system. Sometimes it feels like you are climbing up a mountain that is too steep and you don’t have the right shoes, every step you take forward you slide back two more”. This is how Rosalina (Rosie) Burton, a former foster youth... Read more

Alexis Baska

Alexis is from a small town an hour west of Portland, Oregon. She loves to read, explore new places, sing, laugh, and go to the beach. Alexis is very passionate about leadership and advocating for foster youth. She's also a member of Oregon Foster Youth Connection's legislative action team. Alexis... Read more

Isaac Brito

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Isaac Brito spent 3 years in Montana's foster care system. Isaac is a 18 year old resident of Montana, has been involved with the foster care system for about 3 years now. He was placed in foster care due to physical and emotional abuse as well as neglect. He hopes... Read more

Ashyna Davis

Ashyna Davis spent 7 years in Washington state's foster care system. Her childhood was filled with obstacles and hardships. Overcoming those experiences have contributed to the strong, independent, resilient young adult she is today. She has a passion for helping people in any way she can, which led her to... Read more

Ridmi Coe

Ridmi spent 6 years in Vermont's foster care system. Ridmi Coe immigrated to the United States at a young age from Sri Lanka. She entered the foster care system at the age of twelve and remained in custody until she aged out as an adult. Her passion in life is... Read more