So often our society is bombarded with the stories and the grave statistics of a failed system. Those aren't the only stories out there. Many have gone through the foster care system and/or have been adopted and have gone on to create a powerful story with their lives. Most of these we will never know as they are quietly living out their lives in their respective towns, but these are true heroes, the champions that have stared down the statistics that attempt to define them and have chosen to write their own ending. One thing you will likely find that they all have in common - someone who helped, inspired, guided them along the way.
Check out Foster to Famous to see the stories of some celebrities that were foster kids and/or adopted including Cher, Ice-T, Eddie Murphy, Dave Pelzer, John Lennon, and of course Superman! Seriously, would Metropolis or the world have ever had the privilege of knowing Superman had it not been for the love and support of Jonathan and Martha Kent? Encourage and empower the youth you come in contact with; grave statistics and the unkind words of ignorant people can attempt to define your future, but ultimately, the only one that can determine your tomorrow is you.
Ashley Rhodes-Courter is an amazing young woman that has taken charge of her future. Her incredible story is clearly one that is still being written. Entering foster care at the age 3, she bounced to 14 different homes over nearly 10 years before being adopted at the age of 12. Still, she excelled in school because she believed that, "my education was the one thing nobody could take from me." This strength and resilience helped her to become a New York Times best selling author with her memoir, "Three Little Words," win countless awards for her writings and efforts to make a difference in the lives of foster children, and to even move on to seek a Florida state Senate position. See some of her story in the video below from the 2007 Brick Awards or read her whole story here, http://www.rhodes-courter.com/about.html.
Be inspired and have an amazing day! :D