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State Honoree

Laura Greer

Florida

Laura Greer, 17, of Miami, Fla., a senior at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, researched and wrote “The Foster Care Guide for Kids,” a book designed to answer children’s questions about their foster care experiences. While volunteering at a local shelter for abused children, Laura discovered that many of the kids didn’t understand what was happening to them. “I tried to gently explain their situation,” Laura said, “but I knew my explanations weren’t enough.” Laura’s search for a suitable children’s book or pamphlet explaining the foster care system turned up no possibilities, so she decided to write her own book. After spending many hours reading through materials written for adults, attending foster parent training courses, talking to foster parents and interviewing foster children, Laura wrote both an English and Spanish version of her book. She also wrote letters to 350 people in her community, and received $35,000 in donations to cover printing and distribution costs. Laura’s book has been approved by the Florida Department of Children and Families, and distributed to numerous foster care providers and child welfare organizations. In addition, the Miami-Dade County Public School System distributed copies to school psychologists, social workers and counselors throughout the district.