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Each year in the United States, 30,000 youth age out of foster care without ever being adopted into a permanent family. Without a support system, these young people are the most disconnected and statistically vulnerable segment of our society. The outcomes of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, lack of education and incarceration are staggering. Your gift will help these youth beat the odds and realize their fullest potential by connecting them to the supportive people, resources and opportunities they so desperately need to succeed.

Muhammad spent 15 years in foster care until he aged out of the system when he was 18. He was still finishing high school and looking for a job when he moved into transitional housing shortly after his 18th birthday. His dream is to become a photographer and have a place to call his own someday. With the help of Camellia Network Supporters, Muhammad was able to get the essentials he needed to furnish his own apartment, get a new camera to kick start his photography dreams and seek the advice and encouragement he needed to find a job.

Sunshine celebrated her 18th birthday in the middle of her senior year of high school. Instead of aging out of foster care on her birthday, she was able to stay in extended foster care as a participant in California's AB 12 program and remain connected to support system to finish high school. The odds for foster youth pursuing education are disheartening: less than 45% of foster youth complete high school and less than 43% will enroll in college. But Sunshine is beating the odds. With the support of Camellia Network, Sunshine has graduated from high school, is enrolled in college and pursuing her dreams for a career in music.

Joseph spent 9 years of his childhood living in six different foster care placements before emancipating at age 18. He joined Camellia Network right as he was preparing to transfer from a community college to a four-year school. Supporters were thrilled to learn that Joseph was accepted to his number one choice, UC Berkeley, and quickly helped him navigate arrangements for housing, choosing classes and financial aid before he started school this fall.

   

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