True Life: I’m a Black Millennial Foster Parent

Parenthood comes in many shapes and forms but one of the most overlooked is the foster parent. May is National Foster Care Month in the United States and according to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, there were an estimated 443,000 children in the foster care system in 2017 (last date of published count). This number has increased dramatically since 2012 due to federal and state policies that separated children from families seeking asylum in the United States, and the ongoing opioid crisis.

Unfortunately, there is a nationwide shortage of registered foster parents and children are being forced into vulnerable situations in overcrowded group homes and even detention centers. Dominique Grant is one young woman who decided to step up, follow her mother’s legacy of service, and become a foster parent.

Dominique Grant, 33 year-old entrepreneur and new foster parent.

Two years ago, Dominique Grant, was living a life of adventure; traveling the world, managing reggae artists, and developing a natural skin care line. Then she decided to drastically change her life by moving from the grind of New York City to become a foster parent in South Carolina.

The backyard of Dominique’s family property in South Carolina. Many of the youth who stay on the property say being close to nature creates a calm and peaceful home environment. The lake also offers firsthand educational opportunities about nature and wildlife. got a chance to talk with Dominique and learn more about how her upbringing and immigrant roots drive her mission to support the children who need it the most. Please take a listen below or copy and paste the link into your browser.

For more information on how to become a foster parent in your community please visit the National Foster Parent Association at

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