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Ellena Jones spent 7 years in Washington's foster care system At the age of 6, Ellena was placed in the foster care system. She spent 7 years in the system moving between 3 different foster home placements. She was lucky enough to have an open adoption at the age of 12. However, at the age of 17, she found the home verbally and emotionally abusive. She decided to move in with a friend's family and stayed there until she went to college. Ellena believes that much of her success is due to how caring and understanding her friend’s family has been. They opened their hearts and home to her in a way all foster children should experience. Due to this privilege she feels responsible for bettering the lives of those in need. Currently, Ellena is a... Read more

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Ellena Jones spent 7 years in Washington's foster care system At the age of 6, Ellena was placed in the foster care system. She spent 7 years in the system moving between 3 different foster home placements. She was lucky enough to have an open adoption at the age of 12. However, at the age of 17, she found the home verbally and emotionally abusive. She decided to move in with a friend's family and stayed there until she went to college. Ellena believes that much of her success is due to how caring and understanding her friend’s family has been. They opened their hearts and home to her in a way all foster children should experience. Due to this privilege she feels responsible for bettering the lives of those in need. Currently, Ellena is a... Read more

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David Hall was placed in Oklahoma’s foster care system twice. His time in care included kinship, traditional, and congregate care placements that resulted in an expedited case due to negligence and overmedication, fearing liability. In his early adolescence, he experienced multiple breaking points and was involved in the juvenile justice system on many occasions prior to being placed in care at the age of sixteen on Christmas Day. After overcoming those obstacles, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University as a Sociology and Instrumental Music Education Double Major and stayed involved in playing rugby on the side. He began his advocacy by speaking on panels, teaching life skills to transition-aged youth in care, and getting politically... Read more

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David Hall was placed in Oklahoma’s foster care system twice. His time in care included kinship, traditional, and congregate care placements that resulted in an expedited case due to negligence and overmedication, fearing liability. In his early adolescence, he experienced multiple breaking points and was involved in the juvenile justice system on many occasions prior to being placed in care at the age of sixteen on Christmas Day. After overcoming those obstacles, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University as a Sociology and Instrumental Music Education Double Major and stayed involved in playing rugby on the side. He began his advocacy by speaking on panels, teaching life skills to transition-aged youth in care, and getting politically... Read more

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David Hall was placed in Oklahoma’s foster care system twice. His time in care included kinship, traditional, and congregate care placements that resulted in an expedited case due to negligence and overmedication, fearing liability. In his early adolescence, he experienced multiple breaking points and was involved in the juvenile justice system on many occasions prior to being placed in care at the age of sixteen on Christmas Day. After overcoming those obstacles, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University as a Sociology and Instrumental Music Education Double Major and stayed involved in playing rugby on the side. He began his advocacy by speaking on panels, teaching life skills to transition-aged youth in care, and getting politically... Read more

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David Hall was placed in Oklahoma’s foster care system twice. His time in care included kinship, traditional, and congregate care placements that resulted in an expedited case due to negligence and overmedication, fearing liability. In his early adolescence, he experienced multiple breaking points and was involved in the juvenile justice system on many occasions prior to being placed in care at the age of sixteen on Christmas Day. After overcoming those obstacles, he enrolled at Oklahoma City University as a Sociology and Instrumental Music Education Double Major and stayed involved in playing rugby on the side. He began his advocacy by speaking on panels, teaching life skills to transition-aged youth in care, and getting politically... Read more

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Cody spent 12 years in New York City's foster care system Observe, Understand, and Adapt. That is how 21-year- old Cody Rivera explains his twelve years in the New York State Foster Care System. Observing, understanding, and adapting: to different people and their cultural backgrounds, and their different styles of living, is how he succeeded in achieving his goal of becoming the first generation in his family to go to College. Cody Rivera began his ascent to success through athletics and academics in high school, which received him a spot in the Arthur O Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), an Academic Opportunity Program for financially limited New York State residents. Currently, Cody is pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Arts at... Read more

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Cody spent 12 years in New York City's foster care system Observe, Understand, and Adapt. That is how 21-year- old Cody Rivera explains his twelve years in the New York State Foster Care System. Observing, understanding, and adapting: to different people and their cultural backgrounds, and their different styles of living, is how he succeeded in achieving his goal of becoming the first generation in his family to go to College. Cody Rivera began his ascent to success through athletics and academics in high school, which received him a spot in the Arthur O Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), an Academic Opportunity Program for financially limited New York State residents. Currently, Cody is pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Arts at... Read more

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At the age of 13, Christina entered the Utah state foster care system with her older sister due to a family history of addiction and homelessness. She was in care for five consecutive years, where she lived with her sister in a group home, three different foster homes, and aged out at the age of 18. Early on, she navigated her personal life in foster care and balanced her professional responsibilities with work and school. In her transition to adulthood, her value of education as her refuge and passion for learning and encouraged her to be successful and overcome various obstacles. In 2010, she landed employment with the Salt Lake City School District as a Community Education coordinator for after-school programming at an elementary and... Read more

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At the age of 13, Christina entered the Utah state foster care system with her older sister due to a family history of addiction and homelessness. She was in care for five consecutive years, where she lived with her sister in a group home, three different foster homes, and aged out at the age of 18. Early on, she navigated her personal life in foster care and balanced her professional responsibilities with work and school. In her transition to adulthood, her value of education as her refuge and passion for learning and encouraged her to be successful and overcome various obstacles. In 2010, she landed employment with the Salt Lake City School District as a Community Education coordinator for after-school programming at an elementary and... Read more