Adoption and foster care advocate, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, announced she has a new addition in an update on Twitter November 13. “How was your weekend? As for me…. I had a baby! Welcome to the world little one! So thankful for our friends & family during this time,” she Tweeted.
Ashley is the author of “Three Little Words”, a memoir published in 2009 about her nine years in Florida’s foster care system. She lived in fourteen homes during that time – many of which were abusive. She was eventually adopted by a loving family and bravely testified against one particularly abusive set of foster parents.
The book started as an essay when she was a teenager. It has helped countless case workers, volunteers, advocates and foster and adoptive parents understand the trauma foster children go through. It shows current and former foster children that they aren’t alone and don’t have to let their circumstances define the rest of their life.
Ashley is now in her late twenties. She’s had an extremely busy and productive young adulthood. She travels the world speaking on issues pertaining to foster care, orphans and adoption. She continues to write. She married her college sweetheart in 2010. She’s now a foster parent herself. She’s running for a Florida senate seat and is working on a graduate degree in social work.
On top of all of that, she has a brand new baby – her first biological child! Whew! Congratulations, Ashley, and thank you for giving a voice to so many children who desperately needed a champion.
Learn more about Ashley Rhodes-Courter and her book, “Three Little Words”, at http://www.rhodes-courter.com.
View Original Article by Rachael Moshman, West Palm Beach Adoptive Families Examiner