Ashely Rhodes-Courter, child of foster care, adoptive parent, bestselling author, and child welfare advocate, will share her remarkable story at Children’s Home Society’s annual A Place to Call Home fundraising events.
Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story. Hers is a powerful story of resilience, philanthropy, and overcoming hardships.
Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of 3 she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost 10 years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted at the age of 12.
Despite her ordeal, she excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.” Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she lived with, particularly in the abusive foster homes.
Her efforts and academic achievements earned her Eckerd College’s Trustee Scholarship—the school’s most prestigious full-tuition award. She graduated with honors and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.
In 2003, the New York Times Magazine published her grand prize winning essay about her adoption day. She expanded her essay into a memoir, Three Little Words, which quickly became a New York Times, then international bestseller. Three Little Words is currently being made into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon.
After fostering more than 20 children, Ashley has a unique perspective on parenting, life, and the power of love. She currently has one son adopted from foster care, and two biological sons.
The A Place to Call Home events support Children’s Home Society’s work with more than 20,000 North Carolina children and families annually. CHS offers a diverse array of services including adoption, foster care, parenting education, teen pregnancy prevention, and family preservation programs. This year’s events are:
- A Place to Call Home Dinner, April 28, Greensboro, NC
- A Place to Call Home Luncheon, May 5, Raleigh, NC
- A Place to Call Home Luncheon, May 12, Charlotte, NC