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Ashley is an internationally recognized speaker on foster care, adoption, education, child welfare, human rights, families, youth advocacy, women’s issues, and overcoming adversity.



She grew up in foster care and is now a New York Times Bestselling Author, MSW, advocate, and foster parent. Her story, education, and personal experiences give Ashley a unique expertise on how we can improve outcomes for children, families, and youth. Similarly, Ashley is a tremendous inspiration because she has been able to turn her pain into power and productivity for herself and countless others.


Ashley receives letters and emails from around the world from parents, teens, and families thanking her for her story.  She has inspired workers to recommit to their jobs and has encouraged struggling youth and families. Many readers and audience members have disclosed that Ashley literally saved their lives. It is their stories that remind Ashley how important it is to give voice to those who would not otherwise have one.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter Knocked It Out Of The Ballroom.  There was no way another table could have been squeezed into the Dallas County Club ballroom. Ashley’s talk was truly deserving of the standing ovation she received.

Part of your strength in your incredible story telling is you know that balance and that makes your speaking more powerful. I could go on, but please know this, they aren’t just kind words. I’ve been to countless award dinners, judicial CLE, and hear national keynotes from some amazingly gifted speakers.Your voice should be heard at a national level and the talks you have spread from both the serious portions nad the entertaining delivery.

How could you not support a cause after hearing Ashley’s story?

The buzz after the luncheon was palpable  ~ Our guests love Ashley!  She is a brilliant speaker who tells a tragic story is a poignant way yet keeps you in stitches.

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