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Foster Care Alumni Advisory Panel to Foster Youth Success in College Project

Angelica Cox

Michigan State University

Speaker, Former Foster Youth and Advocate 

Angelica is the Director of Selection and Development at Northwestern Mutual in East Lansing, MI. While her occupation does not revolve around the child welfare industry, her passion lies in advocating for foster care reform. As an alumnus of the system, Angelica has used her personal resiliency to inspire, educate and empower those still in the system. In 2015, she represented all 13,000 foster youth in Michigan and traveled the country with FosterClub to speak at teen conferences and foster care related events. The following summer, Angelica interned with Voice for Adoption in Washington D.C., which is an organization dedicated to raising awareness about the 108,000 children in America waiting to be adopted. She is currently a member of the National Foster Youth Institute’s Michigan Leadership Corp, and this group is working diligently to make foster care a visible issue in the State Legislature. Additionally, she is the Foster Care Chair for the Junior League of Lansing’s State Public Affairs Committee. Through this commitment, she is working directly to advance public policies in her state for the betterment of this vulnerable population. Angelica’s main goal in life is the ensure that every child in care has an equal opportunity to succeed once transitioning out of the system. This belief motivates her every day to never stop fighting. 

Cordelia Cranshaw, M.S.W.

University of Maryland at Baltimore

Founder and CEO of Acts of Random Kindness 

Cordelia Cranshaw is an advocate, motivational speaker and Licensed Graduate Social Worker, currently residing in the District of Columbia. Cordelia's commitment to raising the bar for children grew from aging out of the foster care system. After graduating from George Mason University, she went on to earn her Masters in Social Work by the age of 22. Cordelia is the founder, President and CEO of Acts of Random Kindness (ARK), a nonprofit organization providing programs and services for youth and their families facing life challenges such as incarcerated parents, homelessness and foster care. She currently works DC Child and Family Services Agency assisting foster youth plan for their education. USA Today and other renown networks have recognized Cordelia for her resilience and ability to beat the odds. Cordelia is active in her community and competes in beauty pageants.

Michelle Walls,

Michigan State University FAME Campus Support Program

National Foster Youth Initiative, Michigan Chapter Lead Coordinator

Alexandria Ware, M.S. Human Development and Family Science

Oklahoma State University

Co-founder Fostering Success at Kansas State University

Alexandria’s goal is to advocate for those in foster care with the hope of establishing a center where foster youth will have access to tutoring, mentoring and assistance for future college admissions. Recently Alexandria was selected for an internship with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI). Alexandria was one of 12 young professionals selected to participate in the CCAI’s Foster Youth Internship Program. Through the program, I gained a summer internship with the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means Majority under Chairman Kevin Brady. Through the CCAI Alexandria was able to write a Congressional Policy Report and Brief Congressional staff members. Alex’s policy report begins on page 47 which is titled Increasing Social Emotional Support for Foster Youth on College Campuses by adding Single Point of Contact Models and Mentors