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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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Although Aaron was adopted by a loving family, being in foster care caused many lasting effects. He now devotes his time to improving the system.

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Laurel, Maryland

Ieesha Johnson had to grow up faster than other kids, taking care of four younger brothers and sisters while her mother struggled with addiction. In spite of the adversity, she went on to college, earned a graduate degree and plans to start an organization to help children in foster care transition into adulthood.

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