D is a 19-year-old young woman in foster care. She will age out of foster care on her 21st birthday. D has spent the majority of her life in foster care, since age 4. D has been separated from all of her siblings and has little contact with them. Despite all that she has been through, D has a positive outlook on life and big plans for her future. D is incredibly motivated. She is enrolled in college and is employed. D is still deciding on whether she wants to go into special education or the medical field. Either way, she wants to make a difference in the lives of others. D is moving into her own apartment in the next month. D needs a laptop for college and items for her new apartment. D said that she is grateful for any assistance in transitioning to this next chapter in her life.
Written by D:
I once heard this saying: "you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream." Many people go through foster care and feel as if they are alone and don’t have anything in this world. But that is not true. At my age I have been through a lot of ups and downs and things that no child should have never seen or been through. But I don’t blame anyone. God gave me this testimony to tell. There were a lot of times I could have given up, but I saw the good in myself and others. When I was 16 I joined a local board called Youth Board. On that board we advocated for youth in foster care. At first I didn’t say much, but at 17 I found my meaning and voice and now I am chair of the board. Then at the age of 17, I joined the State Board. On that board we advocate for youth in foster care in the state of Missouri. I’m also the chair on that board. I have been given many awards, but that is not what I do it for. I do it to ensure future youth in foster care can have the best life possible. But don’t let all of that fool you. I have overcome many obstacles, a lot of long nights thinking I’m not good enough. But every tear I cried only pushed to better myself, every pain only pushed me to get up the next day and keep moving. I’m telling you this because I never thought I would be where I am today. I thought I would be an average foster kid, keep my head down and just work through the system. But my heart called me to where I am now, and now I dream a new dream.
D's goals for the future:
D's goals for the future are the complete college, obtain a degree in either special education or medicine, and become financially stable. D emphasized that her spiritual and emotional goals are just as important. D has been through a lot in her childhood and wants to continue to grow and heal.
D is in college, but does not have a computer. D's biggest need is a laptop. D is only a month away from moving into her first apartment and needs many different things for living on our own. D emphasized that she is grateful for this opportunity and any assistance you can provide to helping her transition to this next chapter of her life.
Please consider purchasing an item from D's list or making a monetary donation to go towards her needs. All items purchased from the wish list will be shipped directly to Fostering Futures.
Your support and contributions will help us to purchase needed items for our young adult of the month. Help us give this young person a positive start as they prepare to age out of foster care.