I was adopted when I was a baby from an orphanage in Ecuador.  I grew up with a family that made sure I went to great schools, had nice clothing, fun vacations, beach trips and, of course, I went to lots of ball games.  (I don’t remember being at the All Star Game at Fenway in 1999 but I sure remember going to the World Series in 2004, 2007, and 2013!)

I’m an 18-year-old freshman at American University now and I’m working hard to have a great future.  When I think about the 100,000 kids in US foster care that are waiting to be adopted and the 25,000 kids who are going to “age out “ of foster care this year without families, I just can’t believe it.  I can’t even imagine what I would do if I couldn’t call my Mom and Dad for help when I needed it.  I can’t imagine not having grandparents who care about me and make sure my life is full of happy memories.

Can you imagine being 18 years old and not having a home, or clothes, or food?  Can you imagine being alone on Christmas—no tree, no family to buy presents for, and nobody to give your Christmas list to? Me either. I’m actually mad about it and that’s why my family and I created FosterOn.

How can you help?

Learn more about the kids who are aging out of foster care by following FosterOn on Twitter and liking our FaceBook page.

Consider opening your home to a child in need.

Donate to FosterOn so we can help raise awareness and find families and homes for these kids.

I’m not going to stop until we solve this problem.  I hope you’ll help me.  Because no kid should be alone on Christmas, no matter how old they are.