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Youth and Foster Alumni Stories

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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San Antonio, Texas

Phillip Hodge, 28, of San Antonio, Texas, spent the majority of his childhood in foster care. Channeling the trauma and stress he experienced into music, Hodge has gone on to become a successful free style rapper known as Thuggizzle. Using his voice in hip hop, Hodge actively gives back to those in need through three different organizations that help families of children with special needs, parents whose children have been removed from their custody, and those with breast cancer.

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