Ashley Rhodes-Courter, the New York Times best-selling author of “Three Little Words,” will be a guest speaker at the San Francisco Court Appointed Special Advocate Program’s 20th-anniversary luncheon Wednesday at the Four Seasons Hotel. For more information, visit www.sfcasa.org.
Tell me about your time in the foster care system. I spent almost 10 years in foster care and had 14 different foster homes.
What will you be discussing at the luncheon? I will be talking about my court-appointed special advocate and how she helped to get me out of many abusive situations.
What were you aiming to do with your book? I wanted the book to be an agent for change within the child welfare system by creating a call to action to community members who might not otherwise know what really happens to children in care.
What would you like to see happen with the foster care system over the next few years? We need to continue to work toward getting children into permanent situations as quickly as possible. Once a disruption in a family happens, efforts must be made to locate family and community members for children so they aren’t displaced.