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1.29.2012 | Great story out of Alabama about two amazing former foster-youth who are now succeeding in college.

“Hudson, a social work major with a 3.7 grade-point average, said his turning point came when a mentor showed him a path to his future. Social worker Alice Westery “saw me as a regular child,”Hudson said. “She helped me inspire change within me. (People in the foster care system) actually believed in me.”

Link to the full story.

1.23.2012 | Great story about some former foster-youth in South Dakota who are making their way through college.

“Hernandez feels the same. He is now a student at South Dakota State University where he is studying architecture. He still keeps in touch with some of his foster parents. There are still areas of his life that are touched by his past. He doesn’t have a home to go to over the holidays, or for the summer, like his college peers will.

“I was worried about that,” he said. “But everyone has offered to let me stay with them. They’re really supportive. We still have a bond. I could still ask them for anything.”

Full story here.

1.17.2012 | Amazing story of foster-youth who has overcome huge difficulties. He’s succeeding at college and is now an advocate for foster-youth himself!

From the article: As president of his local Youth Advisory Board and a peer mentor with Kids Central, Inc., a Florida not-for-profit agency, McCullough is that voice. He listens to kids in foster care and those who “age out” of the system, and takes their concerns to lobbyists in Tallahassee, Fla. He conducts speaking seminars and teaches life skills classes, showing kids how to cook, fill out job applications, and succeed independently. For his service to foster children in the community, FosterClub recognized McCullough as one of 100 Outstanding Young Leaders in 2010.

“I want every foster kid to have a chance like I had,” says McCullough. “Talents are given to be used. If you allow somebody the opportunity, they will go out and use those talents for the better.”

Link to the full story here!

1.11.2012 | Great story about a new law in California raising the age limit at which foster youth age out of the system from 18 to 21

Key quote from a foster-youth:

“I’m not grown up all the way, but I’m getting there,” Franks said. “For the youth that want to shoot high, they’re going to need help if they’re going to get off on the right foot.”

Link the full story here.

12.21.2011 | Great story about foster-youth finding homes for the holidays.

“Far too few foster kids know how to seek help when it’s needed. “After years of being labeled as ‘legal orphans,’ they are loathe to come forward, so institutions they attend are unaware of their needs,” she says. “We tell them to speak up and let people know they need help. We need more safe, caring adults like Henk Evers who have the ability to make a difference in their lives to come forward. They need to know that people care.”

Big thanks to all of my foster-families for making a difference in my life.

Link to the full story here.

11.28.2011 | Great story out of about the need for resources that will help foster-youth succeed in college.

Key quote:

“There is not a safety net if they run out of money or if they have a bad day,” she said. They don’t have what most students have. Most student have the family safety net that absorbs them during tough times. They have the stresses of college and then on top of that they have the challenges of trying to repair lost relationships with family, case workers, and the difficulty of healing from abuse, neglect and separations that happen in the foster care experience.”

Link to the full story here.

11.5.2011 | Great quote from a former foster-youth who’s now attending Harvard as an undergrad.

“As far as foster care goes, I was very fortunate. But succeeding in foster care shouldn’t be about luck. The abuse, neglect and uncertainty; the new places and the strange faces that muddled my home experience — all of this was bad enough without the compounding factor of a social and academic life in tatters. I do not know if I could have persevered without my friends, school, and community.”

Link to the full story.

12.13.2010 | Another great foster-youth success story, this time at Colorado State University.

“CSU’s new effort — the Fostering Success Program — looks to change that trend, at least for the 80 or so students on campus who have aged out of the foster-care system, said Siri Newman, collegiate-success coordinator for the Center fo…r Advising and Student Achievement at the university.”

11.25.2010 | Another great foster-youth success story, this one is still in the making


9.20.2010 | Great story about NY Giants player who’s giving back to the foster-care community.


9.10.2010 | Another great story of former foster-youth making their way through college.

“He got up every day, went to school, became an all-conference football player, worked 30 hours a week. It was “against all odds,” King said, that he graduated from high school and enrolled in college.”

3.12.2010 | Great story about kids in foster-care who would love to get adopted:


2.23.2010 | “One in four will end up incarcerated within two years of getting out of the foster care system…and one in five will end up homeless within that same two year period.”


2.22.2010 | “I want to scream to the world, hey we do exist,” – great story about a foster-youth trying to help Californian foster-youth have a better chance in the world once they turn 18.


1.30.2010 | “I’m a real boy now. I’m not a boy in foster care anymore.” Great story about connecting foster-youth with family members they never knew about.


1.4.2010 | Another great story of a former foster-youth making their way successfully through college

“Ashley Williams moved 26 times and attended 23 different schools by the time she finished eighth grade. It was not the ideal adolescence growing up in foster care, but Williams bucked the odds for someone like her to make it to college and also prosper as a UCLA sophomore with a 3.3 grade point average.”


1.4.2010 | Great story about a former foster-youth (his name may be familiar…) who leveraged the resources of his local community foundation to help him pay for both his undergraduate degree and law school degrees


12.21.2009 | Great story about a former foster-youth making her way through college


3.27.2009 | Teen Fights to Find His Own Foster Family


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