Video: Derek Clark Sings About Being a Foster Child

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Denalee Chapman May 27, 2015

Motivational speaker, Derek Clark expresses through this original song the feelings he had as a foster child. The song is a type of letter addressed to his birth mom. He met up with her 25 years after being removed from the home.

Derek spent 13 years in foster care in California. He understands intimately the feelings that foster children have – feelings of rejection, fear, and powerlessness.  “I just want to be a kid,” he repeats many times throughout the song.

Derek has dedicated his life to helping change the situations many foster kids find themselves in. He is a popular speaker at foster parent conferences, child welfare conferences, and to foster youth themselves.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at

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