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Brittney Barros, after living with neglect, entered her first time in care at the age of 11. After struggling for a long time, her mom finally regained custody of Brittney and her siblings. Watching her mom beat drug addiction and getting a stable home gave Brittney hope for her family. However, a year later her brother crashed the car into the house and became homeless. After living in dirty motels, outside, and couch surfing for seven months, she re-entered the foster care system where she lived in different foster homes and a group home. Finally, when Brittney was 16, her grandmother got legal guardianship and her mother's rights were terminated. She still struggles with being separated from her siblings, however, Brittney dreams of... Read more

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Brittney Barros, after living with neglect, entered her first time in care at the age of 11. After struggling for a long time, her mom finally regained custody of Brittney and her siblings. Watching her mom beat drug addiction and getting a stable home gave Brittney hope for her family. However, a year later her brother crashed the car into the house and became homeless. After living in dirty motels, outside, and couch surfing for seven months, she re-entered the foster care system where she lived in different foster homes and a group home. Finally, when Brittney was 16, her grandmother got legal guardianship and her mother's rights were terminated. She still struggles with being separated from her siblings, however, Brittney dreams of... Read more

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Brittney Barros, after living with neglect, entered her first time in care at the age of 11. After struggling for a long time, her mom finally regained custody of Brittney and her siblings. Watching her mom beat drug addiction and getting a stable home gave Brittney hope for her family. However, a year later her brother crashed the car into the house and became homeless. After living in dirty motels, outside, and couch surfing for seven months, she re-entered the foster care system where she lived in different foster homes and a group home. Finally, when Brittney was 16, her grandmother got legal guardianship and her mother's rights were terminated. She still struggles with being separated from her siblings, however, Brittney dreams of... Read more

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Aliyah Boatman spent 2 years in Minnesota's foster care system. On June 1st, 2015, Aliyah entered foster care and was placed in a single parent home in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She attended North Academy of Arts High School where she also graduated in June of 2016. As an intern at the North Community YMCA, she was recognized as one of their hardest-working Youth Counselors. Aliyah is involved in Connections to Independence (C2i) which is an organization providing services and help for youth in foster care. With C2i, she was able to go to Florida for the Daniel Memorial Conference where she presented in a panel discussing the Minnesota foster care system. This fall, Aliyah will be attending St. Cloud State University studying Political... Read more

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Aliyah Boatman spent 2 years in Minnesota's foster care system. On June 1st, 2015, Aliyah entered foster care and was placed in a single parent home in Robbinsdale, Minnesota. She attended North Academy of Arts High School where she also graduated in June of 2016. As an intern at the North Community YMCA, she was recognized as one of their hardest-working Youth Counselors. Aliyah is involved in Connections to Independence (C2i) which is an organization providing services and help for youth in foster care. With C2i, she was able to go to Florida for the Daniel Memorial Conference where she presented in a panel discussing the Minnesota foster care system. This fall, Aliyah will be attending St. Cloud State University studying Political... Read more

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Casey spent 12 years in Texas' foster care system. Not long after Casey’s father was sentenced to 25 years in Federal Prison, and his mother neglected to provide for her children, Casey entered into the CPS System. Two and a half years later he was finally reunited with his family. Casey was adopted by his Grandfather. Unfortunately, three months later his grandfather died, and Casey was forced into homelessness. He had to grow up and mature at the at the tender age of eleven. Casey experienced multiple different placements which never let him express himself in the way that he wanted. Through trial and error, and many years, Casey started to carve himself into a well rounded man. As the years went by Casey developed a reputation as a... Read more

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Casey spent 12 years in Texas' foster care system. Not long after Casey’s father was sentenced to 25 years in Federal Prison, and his mother neglected to provide for her children, Casey entered into the CPS System. Two and a half years later he was finally reunited with his family. Casey was adopted by his Grandfather. Unfortunately, three months later his grandfather died, and Casey was forced into homelessness. He had to grow up and mature at the at the tender age of eleven. Casey experienced multiple different placements which never let him express himself in the way that he wanted. Through trial and error, and many years, Casey started to carve himself into a well rounded man. As the years went by Casey developed a reputation as a... Read more

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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 care for Davina and her older brother. After nine years of running away, two group homes, and two foster homes, she aged out of care and started her college career. This transition in Davina's life was challenging, confusing and often times intimidating. Davina recently obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from Texas Woman's University. She has been involved in several organizations on and off campus. She has spoke at several conferences, board panels... Read more

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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 care for Davina and her older brother. After nine years of running away, two group homes, and two foster homes, she aged out of care and started her college career. This transition in Davina's life was challenging, confusing and often times intimidating. Davina recently obtained her Bachelors of Social Work from Texas Woman's University. She has been involved in several organizations on and off campus. She has spoke at several conferences, board panels... Read more

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Joshua spent 8 years in Ohio's foster care system. 10 years after birth, Joshua B. Hatch entered a system that would change his life forever. He and his family were in a situation of unfortunate financial instability. This eventually lead to Joshua and his brother to becoming wards of the state of Ohio. After eight years of being in care, and three different placements, Joshua emancipated out of the system. In the Fall of 2014, Joshua began attending Wright State University. He is now a junior studying psychology. He is President of The Black Student Union and a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated. Although he feels like he has accomplished many things, he still realizes that there are many more lessons he has to learn. He... Read more