The Clark County Foster and Adoptive Parent Association is organizing Clark County's first-ever 5K fundraising walk to support foster and adoptive parents and children within our community. The walk will take place on Oct. 18, 2008, Sunset Park, Las Vegas, Area "B" 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.More>>
This week's Wednesday's Child is actually a Wednesday's Adult -- a person who grew up in the foster care system in Clark County and has risen above all the dire predictions of her circumstance to become an inspiration.
Lynn Jasames now works for the very system that gave her life. She answers hotline calls for Child Protective Services. Before that, she worked in Child Haven. Before that, she was a foster child herself.
"Mom got into drugs more and more, and I think it's when the turning point happened. The more she got into drugs, the more her priorities changed, because there were times when we didn't see mom for days," she said.
For more information on Walk Me Home contact Lynn Jasames at (702) 743-2630
When Lynn came into foster care, she was also pregnant as a ninth-grader. But foster care gave her the stability her natural mother could not.
"I stayed in one home, I was blessed enough to stay. Every time I ended up getting pregnant with another baby, I ended up getting pregnant three times in high school -- then got pregnant with another baby. So four boys, but three of them I had while I was in foster care," she said.
When she turned 18, she got another break -- the system helped her find an apartment.
"I remember telling myself, ‘My children won't go through that. I want to be better than my mom.' And I was determined to not be what everybody in society said I would be. I really made up my mind that it would not be me, that that would not be how my life would turn out. My children will be raised in a better environment, with a different set of rules," she said.
She found a job at Child Haven, and then was recruited into the office of Child Protective Services, where she works today.
Now she speaks to kids and hopes her life is an inspiration to others, "It can be done. I want to be an example of somebody coming from the system, being in the system, raising my children in the system, that there is hope, and opportunity, and if you seek it out, not only will it come to you, as you're finding it, it will come."
Lynn is an achiever. One of her current projects is helping with an event to benefit the Foster and Adoptive Parent Association.
The Walk Me Home fundraiser happens this October 18, 2008 at Sunset Park, Area B (Lake Area) beginning at 7:30 a.m. to noon.
Eyewitness News' own Calvert Collins will be there as the M.C.