My name is Ashley Smith and I am 23 yrs old. There was a time when I didn’t think I’d even be alive but here I am. I’ve overcome domestic abuse, rape, and prostitution. I went through those things but they don’t define who I am. Today I am stronger, smarter and wiser and committed to doing what I can to help others coming out of foster care.
I’m a 21 year old guy who got sucked into the foster care system at the young age of 12. My life doesn’t have a happy beginning filled with good memories but it’s a success story of a young boy, shot by his mother and then rising above and fighting every day to make something of his life.
I’m 22 years old and I love my life. I have an awesome family who loves and supports me, one that I was not born into but brought into through God’s grace. I have overcome many obstacles in my life already, including addiction. I learned from a young age that life was hard and that I would probably never be someone to have things handed to me. Although I had a tough start to my life I’ve managed to maintain my integrity and confidence and I am grateful for that and hopeful for my future.
I’m 22 years old and the mother to the sweetest baby boy alive. Today I am proud of the woman I have become. To be honest, I never thought I could ever make this far. My life has been filled with nothing but chaos for as long as I can remember. I was abandoned and abused in some of the most unimaginable ways. Finally, I was placed into CPS care a few days before my 13th birthday. In care I went to roughly 13 placements and 7 high schools. The “system” almost swallowed me whole. I could have become just a simple statistic. Thankfully with the help of others, my hope has been restored. Every day I strive to be the best mother for my son I can be. One day I hope to be a part of the change for the kids who still are finding their way through the foster care system.