Meet Amanda. She is a 23-year-old foster alumnus. We wanted Amanda in her own words to share her foster care experience because it shows the power of permanency and hope. “I came into foster care at the age of three. I was in foster care until the age of 7 when I was adopted. At the age of 11 social services had to do an emergency removal from my adoptive mother and I was then placed back into the foster care system with a very loving family that took amazing care of me, but I decided I did not want to go through adoption again since it did not work out the first time. Around the age of sixteen I wanted to take the last name of my foster family and I found that the easiest way to do that was to be adopted. My second adoption was finalized before I turned 18 and I currently still live with the same family. All together I was in the foster care system for about 11 years.”
In Amanda’s free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and taking up on volunteer opportunities in supporting youth currently in foster care. Amanda has been heavily committed to the state committee, SPEAKOUT (Strong Positive Educated Advocates Keen on Understanding the Truth) for over a year. Amanda also has been involved with Project LIFE for the past two years. She has volunteered as a chaperone twice and is interested in chaperoning at the May 2018 Project LIFE Statewide Conference.
Amanda describes Project LIFE as inspirational. She feels that her work with Project LIFE enables her “to talk to youth that are currently in foster care; and being able to give advice to them as someone that has already gone through it and made it to the other side is the best reward”
To those in foster care Amanda wanted to share with you all that, “this is just a season and you will get through it, never let anyone make you feel less because you are going through this time” Project LIFE is so inspired in the changes Amanda is making for youth in care and we a