Gateway Life Magazine -- When kids age out of the foster care system, Brandy Coty steps in. By Daniel Hopkins
Brandy Coty stood in her kitchenpreparing dinner for her family. It was a quiet moment in what some might describe as a chaotic season of her life. Out of nowhere—with no reason and no words—one of Brandy’s girls walked over and hugged her. She had never done that before, and Brandy knew the significance of the moment because of the nature of the girl’s past. Child Protective Services (cps) had removed her from a physically and sexually abusive home and placed her in the foster care system at a young age. She bounced from home to home until she turned 18. Reaching adulthood meant there was nowhere to go—she’d “aged out.” Similar stories can be told by the other girls in Brandy’s care and by foster kids all over the country.