Kea Theroux is a social worker who supports a national extension of the foster care system past age 18 for those who want to remain in care. Kea advocates from her own experience after she disclosed years of neglect which resulted in her spending the ages of 16-19 in the Louisiana foster care system. She was unsure if she had reached a place in her life where she was willing or able to hear other stories of abuse and foster care misfortunes but she has found her decision to serve others to be therapeutic. Despite initial hesitation, Kea has been a CASA Volunteer for two years. She is giving back and helping youth in care break negative cycles and build healthy relationships when just a couple years ago she had never heard of the term ‘foster care alumni’. “There is a powerful influence knowing that others went through the same situation,” she said during our interview.