Cameron Galloway, a student at Kentucky State University, has exhibited extraordinary community engagement in using his experience as a child of the Kentucky foster care system to better the lives of others. Last year, he worked closely with the then Governor Matt Bevin to created HB 158, " The Foster Care Child Bill of Rights." This Bill addresses the overdue protections children in foster care need as well as creates a pathway for children and youth in foster care to have access to stable homes, safe homes, and quality education.
I have a passion to advocate for those in foster care, many of which don’t have the platform that I have been given. Since the age of 2, I have been a part of this system and I know first-hand how it falls short of meeting the needs of the youth it serves. I can recall times where I found it difficult to live a normal “kid’s life” due to the lack of consistency – stable housing, family ties and friends.
Over the years I learned to embrace my struggle and use it a “fuel” to drive my advocacy work. My mission is to encourage and inspire other youth to see, no matter what trials and tribulations they go through, they can be successful. With my recent accomplishment of helping pass Kentucky’s House Bill 158, The Foster Youth Bill of Rights, I learned how using your voice to bring about awareness and change can impact generations – current and those to come.