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case manager, stopped by to check on them.


“They have been here for me when I needed them most,” Greer says about her After Care case managers. “That’s the biggest thing: having that support system, even with something like needing a hug. It’s as simple as that. They’re here for you, and they always will be. It’s like a whole other family because I don’t have that family.” After Care was also able to help Greer purchase a new laptop when her computer broke just days before an Internet class was sched- uled to begin. That support is so important to Greer that she turned down the op-


portunity to move to Houston because she wanted to stay in the After Care program with her case managers. Her desire now is to make other foster children aware of their


opportunities so they are prepared for life after foster care. “Recently, she has been very open to speaking to encourage other


youth to take advantage of the services, especially if they don’t have anybody else to rely on and use us as their support system,” Delarosa says. “After all that she’s been through, she is a strong woman and a great role model for other foster youth.” Greer’s motivation is to help other foster youth know that others have traveled the same road and succeeded.


“When going through the foster care system, you need that person who knows what you’re going through and is there to tell you that they have been through it, succeeded and made it out. I wish I had some- one like that,” Greer says. “That’s why I want these kids to know there is a place for them – a place for just getting together with other foster kids, getting help financially as they’re able to in certain situations and support from those that understand.” n


Courtney Greer entered foster care when she was 11 years old after a SWAT team raided her parents’ home. She lived in 27 group foster homes until she aged out of foster care. Now at 19, she uses the memories of her past and the support of Buckner After Care to create a more stable home for her and her daughter, Kyleigh.


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