Placed in foster care as a teenager, Mary Lee thought she would never have a mom and dad and siblings. But one family decided to look beyond younger children and opened up their hearts and home to 12-year-old Mary Lee. Thanks to their leap of faith, unconditional love and support, she was able to fulfill her dreams of graduating from law school and having her dad walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. Watch this inspiring video from FosterMore to see how appreciative she is today for finding her forever family. FosterMore is a coalition of not for profit organizations and foundations working to raise awareness of the youth in America’s foster care system. FosterMore shines a light on the amazing potential of kids and families in the foster care system, and empowers all foster kids to reach their dreams through education. FosterMore encourages all of us to play a part in ensuring that foster youth receive the support, nurturing, and guidance they need to succeed in life.
Learn More About Older Children in Foster Care
One of the realities for older foster youth today is the continuing need to have permanent, loving families. We never outgrow the need for a family–everyone needs a sense of belonging! In fact,older youth who are fostered and adopted from foster care, like Mary Lee, are more likely to finish high school, go to college and be more emotionally secure than their peers, who age out of care without a permanent family. They are also more likely to lasting connections and guidance with important life tasks, including enrolling in higher education, finding stable housing, securing employment, and establishing healthy relationships. To learn more, 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.