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Aging Out of Foster Care: Feliz’s Success Story

by | Sep 22, 2019 | Not In USe

Previously Published by Trinity Opportunity Alliance

Feliz Gonzalez

Feliz says in her 20 years she has certainly learned life takes unexpected turns – both good and bad. She was in the foster care system multiple times as a child with a mother struggling with drug addiction. The final straw was in high school when she had just turned 14, two weeks from the end of her freshman year. She clearly remembers that she had only minutes to pack a bag with her things. The next few years blur together. Her siblings hoped to stay together, moving from relative’s homes to foster group homes, and ultimately all three kids separated. Feliz dropped out of high school. She says, “in hindsight, I think all foster kids are waiting for someone to come to save them, but they need to figure out they can do this.”   

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For more information about Trinity Opportunity Alliance and the work as a DSCUMC mission to identify, train, and support potential employers to employ foster youth, visit www.toaaz.org or email Carolyn at cblaneyarndt@toaaz.org. Trinity Opportunity Alliance is an approved 2020 Desert Southwest Conference Advance and Benevolence Special.

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