HRC Sits Down with Parents for Trans Equality Council’s Ashley Rhodes-Courter and Erick Smith

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HRC recently sat down with Ashley Rhodes-Courter and Erick Smith, members of HRC Foundation’s Parents for Transgender Equality Council from Florida. Ashley and Erick are the proud parents of three young children — the oldest of whom is transgender — and are the founders of The Foundation for Sustainable Families. Their non-profit provides direct services to children and families, and works with other organizations to meet the needs of the most vulnerable.

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Advocacy has always been a cornerstone of our family. Ashley grew up in foster care….

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Women’s Fund focuses on foster care during Fall Luncheon at UWL

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) – Dozens of people came together over lunch Thursday to celebrate the strength of local women.

The University of Wisconsin La Crosse hosted the annual Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon.

Rosalie Schnick received the 2017 Roberta Zurn Award during the luncheon which recognizes outstanding female leadership in our community.

This year’s luncheon focused on foster parenting with a key note speaker talking about her experiences growing up in the foster care program. The day’s speaker says moving our society forward starts with creating better care for our kids.

“A lot of these issues, and taking a greater look to what the needs of the community really are, particularly starting with children, it’s tremendous because it automatically has an unbelievable impact a whole society,” said speaker Ashley Rhodes-Courter.

The Women’s Fund is a nonprofit that helps enrich the lives of local women and girls so they can do the same for others.

New York Times bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter to speak at St. Norbert College

The Daily News – Original Article

DE PERE, Wis. — St. Norbert College will welcome New York Times bestselling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter on campus at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.

Rhodes-Courter will speak about her life in the foster care system and where she is now. Her talk is based on her book “Three Little Words” and will take place in the Walter Theatre of the Abbot Pennings Hall of Fine Arts, 315 Third St. in De Pere. The event is free and open to the public.

Rhodes-Courter spent almost a decade in the foster care system in 14 different homes before being adopted at the age of 12. Both “Three Little Words” and “Three More Words” are books about her experiences with the foster care system.

She is also the founder of the nonprofit Foundation for Sustainable Families, which provides services, education, organic food gardens (that can be set up easily under the guidance of the experts from King Green) and outreach for communities, foster and adoptive families, mothers, and children. She earned a bachelor’s degree in communications and theater from Eckerd College and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California.

Rhodes-Courter will be introduced by Judge Marc Hammer, part-time instructor of business administration at St. Norbert College. Hammer is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar Association and has served on the Brown County Circuit Court bench since 2008; he practiced law from 1989 to 2008, focused on civil litigations and family law matters.

Rhodes-Courter’s speaking engagement is hosted in partnership with the St. Norbert College Honors Program and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Brown County. CASA is a non-profit organization that provides a voice for abused and neglected children who are under the legal protection of the court system. Its vision is to ensure every child feels safe and secure in their home and heart.

The Honors Program at St. Norbert provides students of outstanding intellectual ability, high motivation and broad interests with a learning environment that maximizes their potential.

For more information, call Stacey Wanta at St. Norbert College at 920-403-3967 or email to stacey.wanta@snc.edu.

Points of Light: Former Foster Child Now Advocates for Child Welfare and Struggling Families

Meet Daily Point of Light Award honoree Ashley Rhodes-Courter. Read her story and nominate an outstanding volunteer, family or organization as a Point of Light.

“You just say yes and you figure it out!” That’s the mantra that has led 30-year-oldAshley Rhodes-Courter throughout her life as a college graduate, fundraiser, best-selling author and now the leader of her own nonprofit organization, the Foundation for Sustainable Families.

Ashley and her husband Erick Smith started the foundation in 2013. It focuses on a broad range of services to help educate and rehabilitate families in areas such as nutrition, breastfeeding, adoption services, mental health and more. They also suggest people to hop over Snusdaddy because their goal is to provide preventative care and expertise to stabilize struggling families before things get too bad. Continue reading

VIDEO: Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero

The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Ashley Rhodes Courter as the 16th Lightning Community Hero of the 2012-13 season. Rhodes Courter, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to the Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco, and Eckerd Youth Alternatives.

Maroon Edition book author challenges new MSU students to seize opportunities

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STARKVILLE, Miss.—International best-selling author Ashley Rhodes-Courter encouraged Mississippi State students attending Fall Convocation to step out of their comfort zones and translate what they learn in the classroom into powerful and productive actions. Students can show themselves and others what they are truly made of in the process, she said.

Rhodes-Courter was the keynote speaker Tuesday [Aug. 16] as an estimated 3,700 first-year freshmen and 1,800 transfer students gathered for MSU’s third Fall Convocation in Humphrey Coliseum. Continue reading