Miriam Yarde

What is the one thing you wish people knew about the foster care system from your perspective?

I would like people to know that despite the negative stereotypes involving foster youth, we are a resilient population who can ultimately contribute to society. Our past experiences do not define us.

What was the key takeaway from your experience of Foster Youth Shadow Day last year?

The key takeaway from my experience of Foster Youth Shadow Day last year was that although we are a minority group and aren't large in numbers, our concerns do matter, and we make a difference in bettering the lives of others. Additionally, the best policy makers are those who have experienced what legislation is being passed, and society needs these people to weigh in on government decisions.