Ms. Nelson first came into our program in 2012 and stayed with us until she aged out in 2015. During her time with WIN Family Services, she developed a number of strong relationships that will last her a lifetime. “My experience with WIN was amazing,” she says, “I still talk to some of my workers today and call them aunts and uncles. Even one of my foster parents’ friends – Ms. Guthrie – has stuck by me through everything. I call her Aunt Donna!” Like many youth in care, Ms. Nelson struggled with not knowing her birth parents and not believing in herself. To this day, she feels deeply connected to those kids and knows all too well what their struggles are day in and day out. Her experiences have very much shaped the person she is today, “Foster care has affected my life decisions because I know not to give up even when people say I can't do it.”
Ms. Nelson has started a blog that gives insight to the foster care experience. The blog is intended to reach other youth in similar situations and offer words of encouragement and love, “I want to tell all of the foster kids out there know that if I can do it, so can you. You are not alone. There are people out there who do care and are willing to help you. Don't give up on yourself because you are worth fighting for.” The blog is called ‘Victoria’s Journal”. Check it out now!
Ms. Nelson plans on becoming a social worker and would love to come and speak to foster youth about her story.