Aging Out Stories


We want to hear your story about aging out of foster care.

It doesn’t matter if you are 18 or 81. How did you age out of the system? What happened in that time of transition? Was there good and bad, or sad? Was there someone who helped you find your way? We want to hear the reality for youth aging out of foster care – will you help by telling us your story?

For privacy, stories will be published with only first name or initials. 

Submit your story to Trinity Opportunity Alliance by completing the form below or emailing

Stories approved by Trinity Opportunity Alliance will be entered to win $500, courtesy of Fry’s Food Stores.




Looking back, I describe my last foster care placement as “the last straw”. At 17, I ran away and never wanted to go back. I begged my social worker to help emancipate me early, but instead of cutting me loose, she introduced me to the woman who would change my life.

I know my new foster mother as “my grandmother”. My Grandma welcomed me with open arms and encouraged me to make something of my life, starting with enrolling in college. At 17, I took her advice. She became my greatest role model. She loves you for who you are.

My grandmother always remained positive and willing to listen. After emancipating at age 19, I enrolled in college and graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in social work. I believe that every foster child deserves the love of a Grandmother. It takes at least one caring adult that believes in you to become successful. I look at foster care as the culture I grew up in. Those experiences have become a part of who I am.

Submit Your Story

*Anyone submitting a story must be 18 years of age or older.

Name *
First name will not be published, unless requested. Last name will not be published.
Examples include anonymous, first name or first and last initial.
How did you age out of the system? What happened in that time of transition? Was there good and bad, or sad? Was there someone who helped you find your way?
I give permission for Trinity Opportunity Alliance to publish my story under my requested name on their website and social media. *

Winner of drawing for $500 will be chosen on August 1st.