A centimeter tall : a perilous journey of growing up and aging out of Texas foster care
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Ashley Gallardo was raised in an abusive home from which she was removed and put into the Texas foster care system. There, she grew up and aged out at 18 having experienced six years of moving from foster home to foster home, being separated from her brothers and living a life that showed her little consistency or love. Ashley experienced major issues with the Texas foster care system that the Department of Family and Protective Services has long been working to address. Gaining access to her Child Protective Service case file gave her a peak into her past as she now actively advocates for a better foster care system. Her story is a journey that shows the inadequacies in Texas foster care and the efforts being made by DFPS to improve the system whilst the state faces a class action lawsuit filed against the child welfare system.