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Ashley Rhodes-Courter was put in foster care at the tender age of three, and went on to live in 14 different, and horrific, foster-home situations until she was 12 years of age.

She was one of the lucky ones.  She was adopted into a loving home.

I had Ashley on “Mornings with Andy” this morning and she told her powerful and compelling story of abuse and neglect.  Ashley, through school, and finally, her adoptive parents, excelled and has become a dynamic advocate for foster-children everywhere.

If you missed hearing Ashley, here is the interview.      Ashley Rhoads-Courter Interview


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She has written a book about her struggles, “Three Little Words,” and it has become a New York Times best seller.

You have a chance to meet Ashley, and to hear her unbelievable story at 7 pm, this coming Monday, May 21st, at the Grand Rapids Ballet Company’s Peter Martin Wege Theater, 341 Ellsworth Ave. SW here in Grand Rapids.

Ashley’s talk is FREE, no charge!  It’s sponsored by the Friends of CASA, a volunteer organization created to provide support to Kent County’s Court Appointed Special Advocates and the children they serve.  It is underwritten by Varnum LLP and Law Weathers.

For complete information regarding CASA and all of the wonderful work they do for foster-children in Kent County, follow this link to CASA of Kent County.



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