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Youth and Foster Alumni Stories

Deborah

Born heroin-addicted in a federal prison and adopted out of foster care at age four, Deborah Jiang Stein struggled for years to find a sense of identity. Now an author and motivational speaker, she shares with us a poetic recount of her journey from rebellion to re-invention.

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Latasha

Imagine all you had in this world were a pair of purple pants to call your own. That was the case for Latasha C. Watts who grew up in foster care and became homeless at the age 18 when she aged out of the system.

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Jeremy

Colorado

Jeremy spent five years in Colorado’s foster care system and is a senior at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in communication. Last summer Jeremy became a FosterClub All-Star through a 10-week internship program sponsored by FosterClub, a national network of youth in foster care.

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Manny

Manny overcame many obstacles during his 16 years in foster care to become an entrepreneur, educator, youth pastor and motivational speaker.

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Rusty

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Rusty relentlessly practiced on the saxophone he received as a gift from his birth mom. His hard work enabled him to play with many well known musicians.

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