In this episode, I’m joined by Stacy Johnson, founder of Central Texas Table of Grace. Stacy joins me to share her story of how she’s gone from having a tumultuous childhood in the foster care system to creating a successful non-profit organization that provides a nurturing environment for foster kids.
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Stacy's mother struggled with alcoholism, so she entered foster care at the age of two and grew up in the foster care system. Her first foster mother was emotionally abusive, and although Stacy had sporadic visits with her mother at first, she was told that her mother didn't want her. At the age of 11, Stacy found a box of cards and letters from her biological mother that had been hidden from her and was removed from the home within a few days of her caseworker finding out.
Stacy lived in about ten different homes before she asked her caseworker if she could go into a group home at the age of 15. Stacy was made aware that a group home could be a very difficult place for her, but she figured that if she kept her nose down and did what she was told, she would be okay.
Stacy wanted to become emancipated at the age of 15, and after speaking with the therapist there, he bought her the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. The therapist also helped her get a job and go through all the necessary steps to be considered for emancipation, and at 16, Stacy was emancipated.
Effects of the traumatic experience:
Stacy struggled with self-esteem issues but found that she was also positively affected as going through her experiences helped her become a stronger person.
Overcoming the traumatic experience:
As a foster child, Stacy had mandatory therapy, which she continues to this day. She is also a firm believer in self-help books.
What Stacy does today: Stacy is the founder of Central Texas Table of Grace.
Given what you know now, if you could go back to when you were going through the tough times and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stacy's Answer: Hang in there, be yourself, eat healthily, and stay fit.
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