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Youth and Foster Alumni Stories

Thomas McRae


Thomas McRae describes his journey from being a struggling teen to an advocate for other young people in foster care.

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Catherine Pearson


"Dear foster parent: I think of you all the time. You are my real family." A woman who grew up in foster care remembers her foster parents.

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At 15 years old, Crystalanne had given up on family. And then a couple in Texas spotted her profile on

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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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