Kimberly's Story​

Kimberly Raff experienced the foster care system after falling through the cracks and experiencing a very difficult childhood. At the age of 17, she emancipated from the system after graduating high school. Alone, scared, and not knowing what to do, she went back to live with her biological mother and step-father, even though drugs and alcohol were still a part of their lives. Shortly after moving to Colorado with them, they left her and moved out of state. Again, she was alone, without family and without a support system.

It was while she was working one of her three jobs that one of her employers approached her about attending college. This changed the path that Kimberly could have gone down. The employer helped her apply, take the ACT, and enroll into Colorado Mesa University where Kimberly studied Computer Science, Accounting, and ultimately ended up getting her degree in Psychology Counseling after 12 years. 

During those 12 years Kimberly failed out of school, enlisted in the military, was medically discharged, and was again, left without any support. 

Through her struggles and triumphs she found who she was meant to become. Her career in child welfare brought memories back of her childhood, especially seeing older youth aging out of care with little to no supports of family or friends. 

In 2017, Kimberly  founded Foster Alumni Mentors, a non-profit organization that provides support and guidance to those who experienced foster care, to build a community of support around them. 

Kimberly Raff

Kimberly's Story

Kimberly Raff experienced the foster care system after falling through the cracks and experiencing a very difficult childhood. At the age of 17, she emancipated from the system after graduating high school. Alone, scared, and not knowing what to do, she went back to live with her biological mother and step-father, even though drugs and alcohol were still a part of their lives. Shortly after moving to Colorado with them, they left her and moved out of state. Again, she was alone, without family and without a support system.

It was while she was working one of her three jobs that one of her employers approached her about attending college. This changed the path that Kimberly could have gone down. The employer helped her apply, take the ACT, and enroll into Colorado Mesa University where Kimberly studied Computer Science, Accounting, and ultimately ended up getting her degree in Psychology Counseling after 12 years. 

During those 12 years Kimberly failed out of school, enlisted in the military, was medically discharged, and was again, left without any support. 

Through her struggles and triumphs she found who she was meant to become. Her career in child welfare brought memories back of her childhood, especially seeing older youth aging out of care with little to no supports of family or friends. 

In 2017, Kimberly  founded Foster Alumni Mentors, a non-profit organization that provides support and guidance to those who experienced foster care, to build a community of support around them. 

Kimberly Raff

Kimberly's Heart

Kimberly advocates for those who have been in foster care. This is where her heart lies. Through Foster Alumni Mentors and her career in child welfare, she has advocated and mentored numerous young adults and parents. Her wish is to see them be successful in their goals and achieve their dreams.

Spreading the News

Kimberly believes in showing the world how powerful and amazing those from foster care can be. Despite the negative statistics, so many beat the odds. Kimberly wants the world to know that statistics, the past, what's been done to you, doesn't decide what defines you, YOU choose what you want to define you!

Family

Kimberly's passion for helping others extends to family and strangers. In 2015, her niece came into her home and is a welcome addition to her family. She has 2 biological children and has been married for 12 years. Even through all her struggles she continues to be a support to everyone she meets and provides a listening ear to those in need.

Kimberly's Acheivements

  • Graduate of Colorado Mesa University
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis in counseling
  • Developed a program to assist families struggling in her community
  • Developed a parenting group for parents facing challenges
  • Founder of Foster Alumni Mentors
  • Story published in book and magazine