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Support helps former foster children beat odds, succeed in college

Posted August 10, 2015 10:17 p.m. EDT
Updated August 10, 2015 10:46 p.m. EDT

Children who grow up in foster care have many odds stacked against them.

"I was always the kid with no money and no parents to be with me," Christy Setola-Cyr said. "Both of my biological parents failed to do their job."

At 10, Setola-Cyr was removed from her home and began a decade of upheaval, living with foster families and with relatives. At 17, she ran away from a bad living situation.
"Being alone, that has been the hardest thing," she said.
But Setola-Cyr found an adoptive family and a place to succeed at Wake Technical Community College. On Monday evening, she shared her story at the annual banquet for Wake Tech's Fostering Bright Futures Program.
"It has been a great support system," she said. "It has helped me to realize that I am not alone and someone cared for me."
Fostering Bright Futures provides tutoring, mentoring, and financial support to students who have aged out of the foster system work toward a college degree.

Setola-Cyr plans to complete her studies at Appalachian State University. She wants to be a language interpreter at a hospital. To help her make it there, Fostering Bright Futures surprised her with a $5,000 scholarship.

Fostering Bright Futures, a public-private project, started in 2009. Five new enrollees in the program were welcomed Monday night at a banquet and presented with new laptops from Lenovo.