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Organized by: Maurice Griffin

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My name is Maurice Griffin and I grew up in the foster care system until I was 18 years old. I was finally adopted at age 32. Thank you for letting me share my emotional story in the hopes it can help educate millions on the many issues that our society faces today on the "lost" children of America. Seven out of ten inmates in prison were a ward of the court (orphan). There are over 450,000 kids in the foster system today so I'm honored at the opportunity to speak up and be a voice that advocates this cause. I regularly speak to the foster youth in the Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP), the probation department, and potential and current foster parents here in California. I worked in a group home that I was actually placed in when I was a teen. While a juvenile I went to 8 foster homes and over 15 group homes before being placed at a sports oriented military boot camp called Rights of Passage. I experienced many forms of abuse at a young age. The system raised me as well as millions of other youth that are in the system in a totally different world. This world unfortunately included physical, mental, emotional and for some, sexual abuse, early pregnancy and even prostitution. These youth are then released into a world that may as well be alien. After being raised to survive in a hostile environment I was then turned loose at age 18, or what is referred to as aging out. I had no idea how to make it in society. It was by trial and error that I survived and thrived. To share my story is a true blessing. We need to get these children proper training on how to transition from a life of living as a ward of the court (orphan) to a society that typically misunderstands them. We can not continue to turn our backs on these children. They are released and then their lack of guidance in life often results in a life of misfortunes; unplanned pregnancy, jail, prison, prostitution, drugs and/or death. I am going through the steps of starting a nonprofit organization called GriffinCode (www.griffincode.com). Through this organization myself and members will be able to provide guidance, training, and an abundance of positive reinforcements to many children in the foster care system. Our goal is to instill in these precious youth the empowerment of their own personal worth and develop their potential into positive realities. It all about motivation. Its crucial that society are aware and understand that the odds are against these children not just because of broken homes and families but also because so many are not aware and do not understand enough to help. Foster children and youth are wards of the court and belong to the state. It is not helping these kids to be a dusty file on someone’s desk; if “we the people” do not help them then who will??? My personal goal is to do for these “forgotten children” what I wished someone had done for me. I am going to bring awareness to the public about the truth of the foster care system in America. My hopes are to reach as many people as I can to change the current state of this broken system. I am going to shine a light of hope on foster youth in hopes that they will be compelled to overcome and excel above and beyond what is expected of them. I am going to fight for what is right for these children and be a voice of defense in a time of despair. These issues deserve to be brought to the public by someone who has seen, lived, and survived all the struggles of foster youth in America. I am able to reach a few on my own but with your generous donation I will be able to go above and beyond for these children and they deserve that and so much more. Will you help me to be a voice for our youth in foster care, spread awareness to the public, and inform others as to ways that they can help? Contact Me @ maurice.griffincode@gmail.com Links to Maurice Griffin Adoption Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb35npz-xB8&feature=youtube_gdata_player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKnZpib_XSc&feature=youtube_gdata_player http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/local/32-Year-Old-Maurice-Griffin-Adopted-Lisa-Godbold-Former-Foster-Mom-198558221.html?fullSite=y http://www.sdrock.com/stories/wrongaboutmaurice/

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