Clarissa Nielsen  is using her life to help children in foster care. She was abandoned by her mother as an infant and raised by her abusive father. As a teenager she ran away and was placed in foster care where she lived in 10 different homes in two years. She felt neglected and unloved—”just a body in the house.” But finally she was placed in a family that actually cared.  Clarissa determined to use her experience to make a difference for current and future foster children. She became a social worker who works to support families and a public speaker who is determined to help foster parents be the best they can be. Clarissa is a “family preservation specialist.”

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