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Julia's Story

Julia Charles knows exactly what 408,425 children and youth across America are going through. She entered foster care at an early age and watched her family ties sever, as her brothers and sisters were placed in different foster homes. She never understood why they couldn't stay together. Julia was moved 16 times, had more social workers than she could count and finally left the foster care system at age 21 and was adopted at 23.

Julia has overcome her previously destructive behaviors and is leading a healthy lifestyle.  As a 25 year-old graduate of Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina, Julia found caring adults and discovered an inner resilience. Her experiences have shaped her into a dynamic force committed to improving the foster care system and spreading the message of hope to young people in foster care.

Her first book, Surviving the Storm: The Life of a Child in Foster Care, was released in July 2008. Julia's story will help professionals and potential foster and adoptive parents find support and suggestions for how they choose to make a difference for young people in care. She hopes that youth in foster care will find companionship in her story, ways to embrace their challenges, and hope for their future.

Other Testimonials

"Knowing our son persevered through many challenges in foster care and who he is today is testament to the power of human resilience, love, and family.  He's knows he's safe, accepted, and secure with every opportunity given to him to discover his full potential.   It hasn't always been easy, but he's a blessing to us, and we can't imagine our life without him – or his without us."

Edward and Carol Longman

"Life has taught me that family comes in all shapes, sizes, and stages of life. When I was 14, I was invited to join a family I'd known my whole childhood. Now, I can't imagine growing up anywhere else. I really believe that having somewhere and someone to call home – forever - made all the difference for me."

Kaitlin DuBois


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