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Youth and Foster Alumni Stories

Lorraine Hayward

New York

"Now I know what family means." A young woman from New York State shares her feelings about being adopted when she was 22 years old.

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Michael Davis


Michael Davis's adoptive mother's support enabled him to pursue his dreams—including joining the Marines and marrying his college sweetheart.

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One Teen's Adoption Story

North Carolina

"Everything that's happened has not broken me." A teen describes the long journey to finding her forever home and shares a message of hope with others.

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Mayville, North Dakota

When Jaquel found the AdoptUSKids website, he knew that he wanted to share his story: “I want to help dispel the myth that youth from foster care can’t be successful.”

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Wimauma, Florida

Maxine Archibald was born into an abusive household and spent her early childhood severely ill. She credits a child welfare worker for removing her from her birth father when she was 9 and placing her with loving foster parents. For 13 years her forever family raised her. Looking back on her life, she believes her marriage, her children, grandchildren, and her business career, would have not been possible if not for her foster parents.

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