Many Olympics viewers are very familiar with 21-year-old Simon Biles. She was the leader of the U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team and has won NINETEEN Olympic and World Championship medals. She remains unforgettable and inspirational to many.
Don’t get us wrong though, Simone had a very rough start like many of us do. She and her sister, Adria were born to their mother struggling to stay afloat with drug and alcohol addictions. They were soon taken into custody by foster care at only three years old where they “bounced around” as Simone called it during her CNN interview. She went from family to family, feeling unwanted and ignored. Simone was another child slipping through the foster care systems cracks. Her Olympic gold medals were years away.
It wasn’t until they turned six that they were adopted by a very loving pair: their grandparents. Being adopted into this loving pair’s life, she finally felt as though she was a person that mattered and soon found her passion.
She now uses her platform of being one of the top gymnasts in the world to voice her feelings about the foster care system she had to endure. To put it her way, “there are nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care…that is 400,000 talents waiting to be discovered.” There are almost half a million of our country’s children in foster care that are just waiting to find the home to which they will belong to. That is half a million of our country’s children that haven’t gotten a chance to show the world or families how much they have to offer and a whole new perspective.
You never know, the next foster child in line at your local foster care could take her experiences and wisdom and become the next leader of a well-known humanitarian cause.