Impact I Want to Be a Part Of

We are currently living through a historical moment in history as the infamous coronavirus sweeps across the globe. This dreaded pestilence has definitely brought along a sense of worldwide urgency and caution with it. An […]


Our Lecture in Real Time

Just a few weeks ago, all 190 of my classmates and I joined together for our first epidemiology lecture as first year medical students at the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. We were […]

Foster Care

The Recipe for Home

This essay was submitted as part of our 2019 Youth Voice Writing Contest, which asked current and former foster youth the question “What does home mean to you?”  Any normal child would define home simply […]

Child Welfare

What Defines Success for Child Welfare Lawyers?

A year ago, I received an unexpected message on Facebook. It read: “Man we miss you how have u been. We were so devastated when u left.” Of course my curiosity compelled me to respond […]

Child Welfare

What Foster Youth Shadow Day Meant to Me

On June 4, 2019, I had the privilege to shadow Congresswoman Yvette Clark (D-N.Y.) and advocate for change within our national child welfare system. This event was granted to me through the National Foster Youth […]

Youth Voice

One Percent

We launched a writing contest to see what former foster youth had to say about their time in care or their experiences with the justice system. The contest gave youth the opportunity to write on […]