Amber entered the child welfare system when she was 14, and aged out when she was 18, but through an extended foster care program, was able to continue receiving services until she was 21. At 19, she was formally adopted by her foster family.
While in college, she experienced firsthand the financial struggles so many foster youth face while pursuing higher education. Amber received her B.A. in Children and Family Studies from Montclair State University. Today, Amber works for LifeSet, a program created by Youth Villages and CarePlus to specifically serve youth who are transitioning out of the child welfare system. Amber loves to help youth focus on problem solving the challenges they face on their journey to independence.
When she isn’t working, Amber loves taking her dog, Maple, to the park and dreams of owning her own home one day.