Video: Former Foster Youth Shares His Thoughts on Improving Foster Care

Cortez describes a childhood in which change and inconsistency was the norm.

Denalee Chapman June 14, 2016

Cortez was born into the system. After a failed adoption, Cortez was put back into foster care. He moved from one place to another and his “normalcy” became change. Cortez was filled with a deep desire to find his biological family. He desperately wanted to know who he was: What was his name? Where did he come from? Who, really, was he? Cortez searched, found, and finally reunited. It took years. Cortez was a senior in high school when his name change back to his original name became legal. Cortez has dedicated his life future to helping children and youth have a better life.

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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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