FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Kentucky State University student is using his experience in the foster care system to advocate for others.
Cameron Galloway is a KSU Track and Field Athlete. From the age of two, he was in and out of foster homes.
“I had five different placements in high school and went to three different high schools,” he told LEX 18.
Galloway said that he’d never change his past because it has made him who he is today, but that doesn’t mean he wants others to have the same experience. That is why the KSU junior is spending part of this year in the halls of the Capitol, advocating for a foster child bill of rights.
“Foster kids don’t have rights, foster parents do. We are just trying to get on the same page as foster parents,” he said.
Galloway spoke in front of the House of Representatives and the Senate committee about House Bill 158 and about the importance of stability for children in foster care.
“I’ve been through so many different movements, I know the impact it has and the educational gap it causes,” he said.
It appears that Galloway advocating for foster children worked. HB 158 was signed into law, giving foster kids a bill of rights, including a safe, secure, and stable family.
Galloway is majoring in Social Work with the intent of continuing his work with foster kids.
“Everyone has to go through something for you to learn something, and I want my experience that I learned through to change for other kids in foster care,” he said.
In addition to majoring in Social Work, once Galloway graduates, he will be commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Army and will fulfill his commitment to the Kentucky National Guard.