JCSU Helps Foster Students Feel At Home
CHARLOTTE, NC- "Once you age out of foster care, you're pretty much on your own. You have to find what makes you… you," said Cory Carter, a former foster teen.
Carter entered the system at birth and lived in over 20 foster and group homes.
"There's always that fear of what's going to happen after that day comes when it's time for you to leave," said Carter.
Despite rough times, he made it through high school. Football helped get him to college.
Carter’s transition to college wasn't easy. After one year of school in California, he was left not able to pay and homeless. But then, Johnson C. Smith University offered him a full-ride scholarship to play football.
That's where he met JCSU’s president, Dr. Ronald Carter.
As a former foster dad of four, Dr. Carter took Cory under his wing and later adopted him in 2008.
Now, Dr. Carter is helping people like Cory, who age out of the system and have no family, attend college.
"Many of us, when we say we're out on our own, in the background, we have a family there to catch us if we fall. For many of these men and woman, that's just not the case," said Dr. Carter.
JCSU's foster care initiative provides financial aid, housing year-round, counseling services, and post-graduation help. There are just over 40 students in the program.
"All they need is for a beloved community to reach out and provide them with that network and embrace so that they can live and learn at their growing edge. That's our commitment," said Dr. Carter.
A commitment that helped Cory graduate last year… something he never imagined could happen.
JCSU is also working with foster teens in high school.
2012 Foster Care Symposium: April 27th, 9a.m.-5p.m.
For more information, contact Pat Newell at firstname.lastname@example.org