An abandoned child of drug-addicted parents and Florida’s broken child-welfare system, Kenisha E. Anthony was left to wonder if anyone would ever want her. As a young girl, desperate for love and belonging, she bounced from one unstable home to the next, packing only resentment, abandonment, and heartbreak to take with her. Still, Kenisha found her way, ultimately breaking barriers and shattering statistics. Against advice to “just get a GED,” she earned both an undergraduate and graduate degree with the aid of tuition exemption per Florida Statute 1009.25(1)(d), a resource for children aging out of foster care. As an advocate for change in the child welfare system, she found her voice in the presence of state legislators and earned a name as a dynamic professional and change-maker in the field of social work.
Kenisha shines a spotlight on life through the lens of a survivor with a vivid portrait of her journey from victim to victor, rising above hardships that could have easily left her defeated and destitute. This is a story of triumph, redemption, and the will to become more than just a Ward of the State. Teeming with vulnerability, candor, and wisdom, this unfiltered reflection of Kenisha’s life is, fittingly, more than a memoir. It is a social awareness tool for anyone who’s faced adversity, beat the odds, and refused to be labeled.
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This book is amazing! She talks about foster care in a way that most people never even thought about! It’s a MUST READ
Resilience at its BEST!
This book is truly a gem, it shows the true meaning of RESILIENCE. This was published very timely for me... I was able to use it as a reference in my dissertation. I found it very insightful. Make sure you check out the playlist!!
Astonishing, Credible, Inspiring
Kenisha’s memoir was captivating. She was honest and did not hold back. It was heartfelt, Kenisha’s determination to not let her childhood make her a product of her environment was admirable. The views and experiences into the child welfare system is insightful and impressive, backed by research and real testimony’s Kenisha provides an in depth look into the system that once failed her - she turned those experiences into a force that is to be reckoned with.
Kenisha re-quotes John Lewis, “You must be brave, bold and courageous and find a way”. This is exactly what she did!
Well done! Thank you for sharing your story.