Life Before, During And After Foster Care


I was a foster kid and now a kinship parent. My life before, during, & after foster care taught me a lot. Here's insight into the lives of the foster kids and foster parents of foster care.

Some Foster Kids That Have Gone On To Become Famous

  Foster kids are most of the time up against tough odds. Even though the statistics aren't good it is possible to succeed. Many foster kids go on to be successful adults and live to do great things. Some have even become famous if not considered one of the best in the career they chose. Even though it's hard I also think it's important to know  that it isn't something that has to hold you back. Here are some famous former foster kids.

 George "Babe" Ruth was placed into care at the age of 7. As a kid he found baseball as a positive outlet. As we all know he was pretty good and started being looked at by major league teams in his teens. He went on to become one of the greatest players of all time. 

 At the age of two Cher was placed in care when her mother became too ill to take care of her. Cher was able to return home again. Her grandparents were a major part of her upbringing while her mother was struggling. Cher married Sonny at 18 and they started making hit songs in the 60's. Cher recorded a number one album in 1999 making her  the oldest female to hit the number 1 spot.

 Alonzo Mourning was placed in the foster home of a family friend after a fallout with his parents after their divorce. Alonzo or "Zo" was 12 when he went to his new home and was already 6 foot tall. Mourning practiced non stop after he found basketball. He excelled in college and went on to when a NBA championship with the Miami Heat.   





 Steve Jobs was born in a time when mothers that had babies out of wedlock were looked down upon. He was soon adopted by a couple after his birth. Steve was very bright but got into a lot of trouble, even getting expelled from school. Jobs was so smart though he was able to skip a couple of grades and became very interested in electronics. He started assembling computers in her garage and soon changing the computer world. He is the co-founder and CEO of Apple Computer.


 John Lennon was a foster child that grew up to form one of the greatest rock groups of all time named "The Beatles". They are the only group in history to have twenty songs to reach number one. John had a rough child hood and was placed to live with other family by the foster system. Music became a large part of his life as a teen. He was also a good artist but wasn't too good with school. He formed a band and by sixty two was in the Beatles. From sixty two to seventy it was "Beatlemania".



 Marilyn Monroe was placed in an orphanage after her mother was declared legally insane. She spent two years in an orphanage and the next four with a family friend. Marilyn had a tough childhood and struggled with not knowing her father. Marilyn did though become one of the most famous movie stars of all time. To this day she is beloved for her beauty nearly half a century after she's passed away.



 At the age of five Willie Nelson and his sister were left with his grandparents by his mother. His dad was always away on work and his mother couldn't afford the kids. his grandparents were eager to take them in though. They taught the kids work ethic and treated them with much love. Willie learned music for them as well. Nelson ha d a short stint in the air force and continued to work on his music. In 1961 he landed a recording contract. Willies fan base grew and has done many travels playing his music. He has also appeared in many movies and TV shows.





  Dave Pelzer has lived a rough young life. You might know him from the book "A Child Called It". Dave was considered a "slave" by his mother as a child. She would play cruel games that nearly left him dead. At age 12 the school notified DFS. He went through several foster homes and had trouble with what he had been trough. He joined the military and excelled. He has received many awards throughout his life and was even nominated for a Pultzer Prize for his first book.


  Malcolm Little was born in a time of severe racism. His father was an activist and died a brutal death when Malcolm and his siblings were young. Several years after her husbands death his mother had a nervous break down and was committed, sending the kids to different foster homes. Malcolm was a smart kid at the top of his middle school class but then dropped out do to racism. He was later arrested for several crimes and converted to Islam while serving his time. Malcolm now Malcolm X became a minister to spread the word. During his journey he found comfort with other race through religion and started to preach the coming together of blacks and whites. Sadly he was gunned down by members of a group that opposed his ideas.

 

20 comments:

  1. hmmmm not the role models I was looking to quote

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    1. AnonymousMay 06, 2014

      Wow so Malcolm wasn't a role model you couldn't quote....The nerve of you people!

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  2. The idea behind this post wasn't really about good role models to quote. I was just trying to relay the fact that just because your from a foster care background doesn't mean your insignificant or cant achieve your highest dream. These are people who's lives were rough but were able to go on to become athletes, singers, movie stars, and so on. Not all of these people are the best role models to quote BUT some like Dave Pelzer, Alonzo Mourning, and Steve Jobs have done great things and I believe could be good role models and have several insightful quotes.

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    1. AnonymousMay 06, 2014

      You don't think Malcolm was a good role model

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  3. As a foster child in multiple placements, I'd say the success of such examples comes not thanks to being foster children, but in spite of it. Some of the foster families were actual family, some strangers; it's all a very random, unskilled, uneducated "system" and the success of these examples is equally random. That's the real point, I think: if anyone makes it, it's not due to that system, but in spite of it. The foster care system is a great secret debacle, a gaping disorganized hole in the welfare net that has been ignored forever. The fact that a beautiful actress or great athlete made it can not therefore be credited to it; but any straw a kid can grasp to help him or herself climb out of their situation is always welcome.

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    1. Dear writer.
      I have to say that I am intrigued by your insight, courage and tenacity at carving out a life for yourself that has elevated you to the point of having something very valuable to share. As the author of the upcoming book "Parenting Outside of the Box / An Intrinsic Art", I would be honored to interview you for content in my book. If you are interested I can be reached at mcorral51@yahoo.com to set an interview appointement. I can also be found on Linkedin as R. Michael Corral MPA.Please identify yourself as the commenting author of "Just Trying to Find a Bridge". Best of wishes to you.

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  4. I am very happy to know these great personality was foster children and they are truly an inspiration to everyone to be blessed by. I myself am a foster parent of a number of children. I love providing foster care to children and be a blessing to children. My desire one day is to become the owner of a group home for children, expecially children K to 12. I myself wrote an awesome, life-changing and inspirational book for many to be inspired by. The book is called Parenting and Nurturing Foster children. You can go to Amazon.com and purchase the paperback copy or search Paul Caprietta kindle book for an Ebook..

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  5. Allen Pineda (known as apl.de.ap) from the Black Eyed Peas was aslo adopted from the Philippines at age 14. He is also legally blind in both eyes. http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20460263,00.html

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  6. AnonymousJune 13, 2013

    You can prosper through adversity. I grew up foster home to foster home and now earn a 6 figure salarie at age 26. It's important to keep in mind that you will meet someone one day and you are loved. Hold your friends close.

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    1. How did accomplished that? I am a former foster youth in college and sort of worried about the next step.

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  7. Spelling error throwing me off... "I'm a was a foster kid and now I'm a foster parent."

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out! Got it corrected..

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  8. that was good information

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  9. Hello there.
    I too was a ward of the state. I was emancipated at 18. Thanks for sharing the various individuals who have made it; in spite of the system. Only those of us who have experienced this type of lifestyle can truly understand it. With all the negative distraction in life, it takes a strong individual to persevere. One must be tenacious. One must be determined. One must have faith...that this too shall pass. I believe that those of us who have had challenges in our lives are here to serve a greater purpose. I believe that we ought to share our stories to inspire and motivate others to never give up and that they must follow their dreams. Looking back now, I am so glad that God gave me the life that I had because due to me being "tested", I can now give a "testimony".

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  10. AnonymousJuly 15, 2014

    I too grew up in several foster homes and am a surviver of a horrific childhood what a great book this would make should get a few of us together what it was like what happened and what its like now best regards

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  11. I am so inspired by the commenters on this page. I "fostered" my 15yo cousin when I was in my twenties. I also worked with the Guardian Ad Litem's office for several years before raising a family of my own. My husband and I want desperately to create resources for kids in the foster system. I am working on setting up a not for profit right now to connect foster kids with mentors. I would love to connect & hear stories of what you feel helped you to succeed academically, career wise. Did you find a mentor along the way? How big of a role did they play? How would your experience be different if you had had a mentor to guide you through college or getting started in a career? Where do you think you'd be if you hadn't had a mentor? Would you mentor a foster kid?
    If you're interested in sharing thoughts, please contact me: rebeccasymes @ gmail. com and put "foster mentor" in the subject of the email. I'd love to hear from anyone who wants to share their experiences (I will only use names with permission) to help get our program off the ground. Thanks to you all. Best wishes.

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