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Youth and Foster Alumni Stories


Jamaica, New York

Keema Davis, 30, of Jamaica, New York, has gone full circle in more ways than one. As a foster care alumna, she knows the fear and distrust that can surface in rebelling against adults. She also knows how it feels to be a child welfare professional working with youth in the system, helping them find forever families.

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Richmond, Virginia

Sixto Cancel may have spent a large chunk of his young life in foster care without the sense of permanency young people need to make successful forays into adulthood, but that doesn't mean he lacks a grasp of common sense. Now, a soon-to-be sophomore at Virginia Commonwealth University, Cancel is dedicated to fighting for education continuity for youth in care.

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Ashley is a living example that it only takes one person to change the life of a child. Thanks to a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate, she was able to defy the odds stacked against her after spending a decade of her life in foster care.

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New Jersey

Bouncing from foster home to foster home since the age of three, all Marc ever longed for was to be with his older brother Matthew and have a family of his own. At age seven his dream came true.

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Brooklyn, New York

Born in Belgium to Haitian parents who relocated to the United States on a visitor’s visa just three months after she was born, Merli Estime, 27, of Brooklyn, NY, emerged from a childhood of chaos in the U.S. foster care system with a college degree and firm rooting in a career as a youth advocate.

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