unnamedFormer Foster Youth Shares Touching Experience and Poem at 2014 Summit

Alyssa Smith was in foster care from age 14 until she aged out at 18. While in care, she was active in the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative and Youth in Transition (YIT) where she served as president of her youth board. Alyssa is a senior at Wayne State University, majoring in communications with a concentration in public relations.
She joined faith leaders at the 2014 summit to share her experience and encourage everyone to step up and be an “angel” to the thousands of kids in foster care.


Today, by Alyssa Smith

Today I lost my Mother.
Today I lost my Dad.
Today I lost everything I’ve ever had that didn’t fit into 2 black garbage bags.
Today I feel lost.
Today I feel alone.
Today I have no place to call my home.
Today they can’t see me.
Today they can’t hear.
Today I don’t exist.
Today I’m nowhere.
God, if you’re not too busy up in that big blue sky, can you have one of your angels drop into my life?
Be that Angel!