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Watch Former Foster Youth’s Speech at the DNC

At the Democratic National Convention, Jelani Freeman briefly took the stage to show his support for Hillary Clinton and talk about his experience in foster care as a child.

The DNC came to a close on July 28 after speeches from a wide variety of individuals who offered their support to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Freeman joined these speakers as a lawyer and former intern of Clinton. He also took the opportunity to address his time in the foster care system:

“I spent my childhood in the New York foster care system, moving from home to home with a trash bag as my suitcase. But if you’re a kid in the system who never finds a permanent home, when you turn 18, you’re on your own.”

Freeman worked in an intern position that Clinton reserved especially for former foster youth. During his speech, he also talked about the work he used to do advocating for children in foster care.

Watch the full speech, which was posted to Foster Club.

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