College grad and aspiring Naval officer, Daniel, says he owes much of his success and positive outlook on life to one person––his foster mom. Without her tough love, support and guidance over the past 15 years, he says, he wouldn’t be alive today. She took him in at the age of 14 from the Los Angeles foster care system, after he spent 7 years bouncing from foster home to foster home. Watch this incredibly moving story from The StoryBoard Project to see how she has been such a positive influence on his life and what advice he has for fellow foster youth.
Learn More About What Foster Care Is Like
Children who are removed from their birth homes because of abuse or neglect, like Daniel, can feel socially isolated, depressed and traumatized when entering foster care. These feelings can especially worsen when a child is forced to move from one foster setting to another in a short amount of time. That’s why it’s important for foster youth to have positive role models, parental figures and consistent support early on. Today about 23% of children ages 11-15 are in foster care; yet only a quarter have a consistent support system in their life. A foster family is a parent or family who provides a safe, supportive, loving home to child(ren) who have been detained from their families. For foster youth, having dedicated and loving foster parents in their life, can mean the difference between a life of challenges and a bright future. To learn more about fostering, adoption or caring for teens, like Daniel, who need support, visit our Get Involved page.
Why Not You?
It only takes one caring adult to make a difference in the life of a foster youth. Find out how you can get involved at ToFosterChange.org.