When Ashley Rhodes-Courter was a young girl, she didn’t know what it was like to have a family. Placed in foster care as a toddler, she ended up being shuffled to 14 different foster homes before she was 12 years old. In some cases, Ashley was subjected to physical and mental abuse. But when she was 12, she got lucky – she was adopted by a loving couple, and from that moment on her life turned completely around.
Today, Ashley wants to do her part to help other foster kids. She works to get foster kids adopted so that they do not have to suffer through the kinds of things she did, and so that they can experience the joy of adoption, just as she eventually did.
In this video, Ashley tells her incredible story.
- Here is Ashley’s website, where you can learn more about her and the work she does.
Topics for Discussion:
- How do you think it would it feel to live in 14 different homes in just 9 years?
- Today, Ashley has an incredibly positive attitude. How do you think she has been able to develop this attitude?
- Visit the Kidzworld website book review page to learn about Ashley’s book, “Three Little Words” and this website page to purchase it!
- Visit the website for the North American Council on Adoptable Children to learn more about this important organization and how you can get involved.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
- Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.