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Former foster care child purchases first home

Brown and her siblings.

Brown and her siblings

Former foster care child purchases first home

By Kim Rodriguez

      PEMBROKE PINES, FL – Kienisha experienced life in foster care at the age of 15. She lost her father when she was seven and was a victim of parental kidnapping at the age of 12. She and her four younger siblings were moved into state care when she was 15. Kienisha came to Brown’s Harbor when she was 20-years-old, finally bringing her younger siblings with her after winning custody for them at the age of 22.

Kienisha recently graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, sending her on her way to graduate school and she just purchased her first home for her and her siblings. She is a firm believer that “No matter what you have been through, it is up to you to decide where you want life to take you. Your past does not determine your future. With a little motivation and determination, you can do whatever you set your mind to do.”

Kienisha says, “Brown’s Harbor provided me and my siblings a stable place where we felt comfortable to call home. Staff gave me the opportunity to plan the next steps for me and my family by encouraging and rewarding us for completing different milestones in my life. Brown’s Harbor has led me to the road of independence.”


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