About Me

Hello,

My name is Royce Markley, and this is my story. 

At the age of 21, I decided to launch FosterFight  - an autobiography style blog detailing my experience pre, during, and post foster care. I'm now 24, and I am surer than ever that I made the right decision. 

But first, some backstory....

While I was born in Folsom, California, I claim Oregonian status. I have relocated several times throughout my life, but I have spent most of my childhood, adolescent, and adult years in the Pacific Northwest.

As a baby, I was placed into Oregon's foster care system due to unfortunate abuse and neglect. I was eventually returned to my biological mother, but the problems didn't end there. I was placed back into foster care at the age of 14; where I stayed until I aged out of the system at 21. 

At the age of fifteen, I had the opportunity to attend my Oregon's annual Teen Conference for foster youth; This was my first conference and I had a great experience.

Since then, I have taken various opportunities to advocate for myself and my foster care peers. I have been involved with several campaigns to promote foster care centered legislation, and I am also a member of various foster-care-related non-profits.

In 2012, I was elected, by my peers, to an action team via a non-profit called Oregon Foster Youth Connection. Our action team played a key role in passing legislation that mandated a foster youth bill of rights be created and distributed to various agencies and all foster homes. Every year since, I have continued to advocate for foster care related legislation on a state level. 

In the summer of 2013, I was awarded the highly competitive FosterClub All-Star Internship. I spent a summer traveling around the United States advocating and educating a variety of different audiences and target groups. 

In April of 2016, I was awarded the level-2 internship with the same non-profit I interned for in 2013 - FosterClub. Take a look at my post,  "FosterClub Level-2: Summer 2016" to learn more about my experience as a FosterClub intern. 

What do I do when I'm not working on advocating and working on FosterFight content?

Currently, I am an undergrad student studying psychology and creative writing at The University of Oregon(Sco Ducks!). Before transferring to The University of Oregon, I achieved an Associate of Arts Transfer Degree from Linn-Benton Community College.

I fill my free time with several other hobbies and passions. I am a big reader, and try to always be reading something outside of school work. Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Great Gatsby, and The Lovely Bones are some of my favorite titles.

I love fitness and sports. I'm a regular at the gym and consider myself a NBA-head. I love to dance and follow the dance community.

I'm also, passionate about my friendships and other relationships. 

Back to FosterFight....

When I began publishing my story on FosterFight, I had no idea what it would become.

Since then, FosterFight has been read by thousands of people. FosterFight has spiraled off into several other opportunities and has helped me connect with people throughout the United States. 

I know now, that the world needs to hear my story and other stories like it.  

The FosterFight Mission....

The wording of my mission statement has changed over time, but the core values have never changed; Through my writing, I hope to Empower, Inform, and Inspire my readers. 

I want to Empower those who think they have no value. To empower those people who consciously or subconsciously believe that they are doomed to become a product of their experiences - a failure.

I want to inform readers who are seeking education on what the foster care system is and how it operates. 

I want to Inspire my readers to be more than what the foster care system tells them they can be: to go to college, to write books, to have families and create long-lasting relationships. 


Sincerely,

R.D.M



 
 
 
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