Who You Are Helping

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Sean is 21 years old. He has been in foster care since he was 14 years old. Sean feels  blessed to have been placed with a family friend and able to continue to reside in his community. He earned his high school diploma, and exploring the possibility of attending college. He is currently working as a substitute Head Start teacher in NYC.

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Nia is 20 years-old and has been in the foster care system since she was 9 years old. She has two sisters who were also in foster care. During her time in care, both of her parents were incarcerated. In November of 2014, Nia obtained her GED. She has two sons, ages 2½ and five months old. Prior to giving birth to her second son, Nia worked as a certified home health aide and is looking forward to returning to work and advancing her career.

What these young adults are saying about Hearts to Homes:

“I can plan things out…it’s a really great feeling”

“The best feeling was putting it together…taking it out of the box…calling it my own”

“I’ve come a long way…thank you to everyone who donated”

“If I didn’t have these things, I don’t know what my kids would eat out of…now I have everything”

“I love having control over my life and waking up to the sun coming through my windows”

“I worked so hard to get my own place…it’s something for my child to grow up in”

Names and photos have been changed to protect the privacy of the youth aging out of CMCS’ foster care programs.