2021 Tales of Strength & Love

Childhood should be a time of innocence; a time to learn and grow with the support of a loving adult. But for many in foster care, this isn’t the case.

Our 2021 Tales of Strength & Love series features the stories of child advocates with lived experience who have a vision for how we can make life better for kids in child-serving systems, and a passion to make it happen. They will move you and inspire you.

Featured Story

By Dameon Caldwell

Youth in care need to be treated like people, not a number or a piece of paper or a paycheck. They need better mental health services.”

My Story is My Strength

By Jordan Thompson

“I testify before legislatures, write legislation, and use my platform to speak out on issues like law enforcement accountability, prison abolition, and transforming the child welfare system. The time I spent in the system fuels my work today. “

I'm a Proud Pitbull

By Kayla Muzquiz

“I think it’s time we all put kids first and find solutions that keep them safe. And that means both at the border and in cities and towns across the country where what’s happening to kids is not making headline news.”

Building My Own Sense of Family

By Dameon Caldwell

“Youth in care need to be treated like people, not a number or a piece of paper or a paycheck. They need better mental health services.”

Food for the Body and the Soul

By Justin Kidder

“My dream is that one day no kid is ever told: ‘You are being bad so you deserve this.’ That every child lives inside a circle of love. With adults who don’t give up on them like so many gave up on me.” 

Thoughts as a Mother and an Advocate

By Bobbi Taylor

“The child welfare system is a reflection of who all of us are as a society, and as a system. It’s time to make sure we like what we see.”

Doing What I Was Meant to Do

By Maegan Sol

“I want to improve outcomes for youth who have experienced care by creating systemic change.

It Wasn't Me Who Needed to Be Changed

By Jimmy Vaughn

“Today I am a second-year law student at Texas Tech School of Law, poised to be able to help kids like me get justice and change a system that is hurting innocent children.”

When Children’s Rights Came Knocking

By Ryan Barker

We are change makers. And, especially since the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014, everything we do, we do through the lens of racial equity. Whatever we invest in must have a lasting impact.

Childhood is Our First Right

Thousands of children are trapped in systems they do not understand. These systems fail to understand that children need time and space to be children and develop the foundations that allow them to be who they truly are.

Help us build a better childhood for kids everywhere and donate to our Childhood is Our First Right campaign today.

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