Laura’s childhood was full of challenges, including poverty and trauma, which led to substance abuse, delinquency and probation. Yet she ultimately persevered, and is now a powerful advocate for foster youth. In her spoken word piece, Laura chronicles her journey out of foster care and into a loving forever home. “The Legacy” is one of the films in the Youth Voices Video Project, a collection of foster youth-produced films from PBS SoCal’s To Foster Change.
Laura experienced 17 foster homes, three group homes, one trip to juvenile hall, and more than 18 high schools before finding her forever home. While many transitional age youth emancipate alone and without a home, Laura was fortunate enough to be adopted at the age of 17. Today, Laura works at iFoster in Los Angeles, and at the National Foster Youth Institute, where she is an active advocate for foster care reform.