Speaker. Author. Foster Care & Child Abuse Advocate
I am a living testament to resilience and the power of the human spirit. At the tender age of 13, I emerged from a harrowing experience of abuse, embarking on a journey that would lead me into California's foster care system at just 14 years old. Against all odds, I not only weathered these early challenges but defied them, ultimately aging out of foster care at 18 and achieving a remarkable outcome that is incredibly rare among former foster youth.
Education and Professional Achievements:
I belong to the less than 4% of former foster youth who have successfully pursued higher education, earning accolades and recognition for my academic accomplishments. My journey has been marked by a relentless pursuit of excellence, evident through awards and promotions earned in various professional fields, all of which I've approached with unwavering dedication.
Beyond my own personal triumphs, I am deeply committed to making a positive impact on the lives of others. I have actively contributed to charitable organizations, using my experiences to inspire change and advocate for those still navigating their own challenging paths.
Authorship and Documentary:
As an author, I've penned influential works that share my life story and the invaluable lessons learned along the way. My experiences have also led me to become a subject in the forthcoming foster care documentary, "Breaking the Cycle," where I hope to shed light on the complexities of the foster care system and inspire hope in those who need it most.
Holistic Healing and Relationships:
A commitment to holistic healing has guided my journey, a continuous process that has allowed me to transform my pain into strength. I have harnessed the power of therapy and writing as outlets for healing, ensuring that I emerge from adversity not as a victim but as a resilient survivor. In my adult life, I have cultivated and maintained healthy, loving relationships that serve as pillars of support and inspiration.
Advocacy and Board Membership:
I proudly serve as an Advisory Board Director for Angels Nest TLP, an organization dedicated to supporting the Toros Guardian Scholars, former foster youth striving to complete their higher education at Cal State University Dominguez Hills. Additionally, I am the Director of Outreach for Connect Our Kids, a visionary entity creating innovative software designed to connect youth in foster care with loving families and support networks.
Sharing My Story:
Today, I passionately share my incredible life journey with diverse audiences, using my experiences for motivational and educational purposes. My story is a testament to the boundless possibilities that await those who dare to dream, persevere through adversity, and emerge as triumphant beacons of hope.
breaking the cycle documentary
"This book tore off all the scabs that covered the wounds of my experience in foster care. I'm 55 now and I thought my traumatic experiences were all in the past and I was wrong. I related to so much of the author's experiences and I'm so glad that she rose above all her adversity to become such a gifted writer and person. I didn't know I had so much mess locked up inside of me and this book helped me realize why I still have certain problems and that I will need to seek help to finally heal. This book is not for the faint of heart. It is a truthful and raw documentation of the horrors of child abuse and foster care. I was lucky to have a foster mother in the end just like Ms. Todd's that helped her on the road to recovery. A lot of foster children are not as lucky as Ms. Todd and I in that respect. I hope this book casts a harsh light on a system that needs to be revamped so that it does not send more damaged children out in the world as even more damaged adults."~ Barbikat60