When 25-year-old Michelle Nauman turned 18, after having lived in 28 foster homes, six group homes, and a boot camp, she was homeless–and pregnant. WHTM in Pennsylvania reports that Michelle entered the foster care system when she was 2 and always hoped for permanency.
After reflecting on her family history and not wanting the cycle of foster care to repeat itself with her children, Michelle sought help from Family Design Resources, a non-profit organization that helps youth transition from foster care into successful adult life.
Although much of the organization’s focus is on finding permanency for children, they also offer training and life skills learning opportunities to help with older children and youth who will age out of the system. Volunteers and donations are always welcome at Family Design Resources.