More than 408,000 children nationwide are living in foster care, according to a 2010 AFCARS study. Even more startling is that after “aging out” or emancipating from the system, many of these individuals experience homelessness, unemployment, and incarceration, among other unfavorable outcomes.
In her inspirational and candid memoir, From Foster Care to Fabulous, Capri Cruz shares her experiences growing up in the child welfare system and her parallel struggles with abuse, sexual molestation, self-medication and racism. Along with sharing her story, Cruz’s memoir is also a guidebook to self-transformation, aimed at empowering individuals to take control of their lives and embrace their full potential.
“We must learn that our current problems are not ‘the worst,’” says Cruz. “What seems like an impossible situation is really just an opportunity- a challenge to explore a new way of thinking to conquer the situation.”
A certified life coach and mental health counselor, Cruz is dedicated to sharing her message of personal growth and excellence with others. Although written with a foster child in mind, the book provides a source of inspiration for all people who desire to better their life and discover their true potential.
“So many people are just existing,” says Cruz. “They are sleepwalking through their lives, without realizing the opportunities before them.”
And according to this former foster child who defied the statistics, the opportunities are endless.
From Foster Care to Fabulous: An Imperative Movement
By Capri C. Cruz
Retail price: $16.95 soft cover
Available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com
About the author:
Capri C. Cruz is a certified life coach, mental health counselor and PhD scholar living in Alpharetta, Georgia. As a child, Cruz lived in nine foster homes in six years—between the ages of seven and 13—where she experienced physical, emotional and sexual abuse. After being homeless for several years, she re-entered foster care at age 17 until joining the U.S. Navy at age 19. For years, Cruz lived in a fear-induced trauma and self-medicated state until her a life-changing transformation in her mid-30s- the result of years of personal growth and spiritual development. Now a tireless advocate for self-love and personal excellent, Cruz is dedicated to spreading her message of empowerment with foster children and anyone who desires to better their life.