By Carmen Morales
I can honestly say that I never envisioned how my future would look or feel, until I came into care at the age of 12. The importance of education was never uttered to me. I had no sense of structure, consistency, or courage to dream. However, being 12 years old was the start of what would be a blissful journey for me.
I was blessed to have been placed in a home with a family that had nothing but love, protection and direction to give. Being with my forever family and having an influential support system, I was taught the fundamentals of education, the significance of family values and, most importantly, that I matter. The strength of my faith is certainly owed to my unfortunate circumstances and without a doubt to the amazing people God has placed in my life.
Currently, I am 23 years old and seeking a degree in Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. I have been employed with the Department of Children and Families since I was 18 years old. Working for DCF, as well as the mentoring I continue to receive and the encouragement and guidance of Independent Living, I have been able to establish profoundly amazing relationships. My experiences have allowed me to grow both personally and professionally.
Nelson Mandela once said, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” My advice to you would be that when things seem unattainable, keep pushing forward because hardship is only temporary. I have learned that I am in control of my actions, my successes, and my future.