CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. – As a little girl, Jennifer Bush, captured national attention when her mother, Kathy Bush, lobbied for better health benefits in Washington.
It has been two decades since she and her mom were separated, after her mom was accused of deliberately making her so ill that she was hospitalized about 200 times.
Jennifer released this statement on Tuesday:
Twenty years ago Today, on April 15, 1995, my life was changed forever. That was the day that I was taken from my home and my family, but that day has not changed how close my family continues to be. The ten years I spent in Foster Care were traumatic, and I had some devastating things happen to me.
However, I persevered because of all of the angels that were there for me during these difficult times. These people helped shaped the women I have become today. Today, I can proudly say my family is extremely close knit. We have flourished despite the devastating separation.
The bond I had with my brothers, prior to being removed from my family, is something that never changed. My relationship with them helped carry me through my years in foster care. My parents and I have picked up from where we left off, and have a very close and loving relationship.
Today, I am living my dream as a social worker, and changing the lives of the children, and families I am working with today. I am married to my high school sweetheart, who has walked along side me for the past ten years.
I get a lot of joy making memories with my family, and making a difference in my community. Although this isn't always a happy anniversary, it is a day to celebrate my family and who we are today.
My message to foster children:
Growing up in the foster care isn't an easy task. Actually, the odds are often against you to be succeed in life.
I challenge you to rise up against those odds, and be the very best you can be with the circumstances you are facing. Don't be ashamed or embarrassed to get the extra help that is offered, you will be thankful that you did in the future.
There were many times that it would have been easier to give up, but its persevering against the odds that makes it even more fulfilling.
Speak up for yourself, be your biggest advocate, and be proactive. At the end of the day we owe it to ourselves. Don't let your current circumstance shape your future, and never doubt yourself!