When Benjamin Raymond was 13 years old, he put himself into foster care. He had a drug-addicted mother who also suffered from schizophrenia, and a father who was a bank robber. He had given his mother a choice:  stop with the drugs, or lose him. She chose the drugs.

Living with three different foster families through high school, he graduated with the intent to go to college. And he did so! Going to college on a basketball scholarship, Benjamin earned two degrees. He knew he couldn’t let his past define him.

Now a successful businessman, he has made the most of his past as he’s gone on to speak to groups about forgiveness. He speaks about moving on with life to find success after foster care.