Farm girl Katie Lutz, 13, has just finished her first year of high school at Kinkade High School in Kentucky.
She’s been the center of a national conversation about the growing number of farm girls being turned away from school, and she wants to be the face of that change.
Katie has been in foster care since March, and her mom is in charge of her care.
Her mom is a full-time stay-at-home mom, and Katie is an honors student at a private school in the city of Linton, Kentucky.
Katie and her family are part of a group of girls who have been adopted from foster care and then moved to a different foster home.
Katie’s adoption, which took place on September 4, was arranged by a local group called the Kentuckians for Foster Care, a nonprofit that works to end foster care in Kentucky and around the world.
The group has been working to get girls adopted from all over the country, but Katie’s story has become an inspiration for other girls who want to get their own children adopted, and a big reason why they’re coming forward to get them.
Katie was the first girl to get a permanent home with a family.
But that’s not how it’s supposed to work.
Katie, who is black, is the only one of her family’s adopted girls who can’t speak English and can’t be placed in an official foster home because of her physical disability.
Katie said the only way she’ll be able to get permanent homes is to move back to Kentucky, and that is exactly what she wants.
Katie loves the city, she loves being at home with her mom, her grandma and her brothers.
But the first thing she wants is to be able and comfortable enough to move in with her family and live her own life.
Katie is also determined to change the adoption process in Kentucky, because of the stigma that many girls face.
“It’s like, I’ve been in the foster care system for two years, and they still want to put me in the wrong place,” Katie said.
“They’re like, ‘Oh, you’re a freak.’
That makes me feel so bad.
She told me that I’m a freak. “
My mom’s always been the one telling me to come back.
She told me that I’m a freak.
That’s not who I am.
I just want to be accepted.”
Katie is the latest girl to adopt a family member, joining a growing number.
The adoption of adopted girls is one of many initiatives the Kentucks for Foster Home adoption program is working to end.
This is the first year that Katie is getting a permanent house, so the goal is to get as many adopted girls as possible adopted before the year is up.
Katie wants to start her new life with her adoptive family.
Her first move is to her grandma’s house in the county of Wayne, which is about 30 minutes away from where she lives.
“When I’m moving back home to Kentucky I want to go to grandma’s, and then she can move in next door,” Katie explained.
“She’s going to move into her home, and the two of us will be doing our laundry and she’ll come over to help with everything.”
Katie said she is looking forward to being a full, integrated family and learning from her grandparents.
“I’m excited because I’m just learning so much about what it’s like to live in a foster home and how I can fit into that environment,” she said.
Katie will spend the first few weeks with her grandma, but she said she will be ready to leave the home when she’s ready.
Katie isn’t the only girl with a story to tell.
Ashley, another adopted girl, said that while her adoption has been going on for a few months, her adoption story has been just starting to catch on.
Ashley is a student at the Kentucky Center for Foster Families, an affiliate of the National Association of Foster Care and Adoption Professionals, which works to bring more children into loving homes.
Ashley and her adoptive mother, who also is adopted, have been together for nearly 10 years, but they are still friends.
Ashley’s adoption was arranged in December, and it was all planned out.
Ashley said that her mother and her grandma have been in their house for about 10 years.
“We know they want to take her back and they love her,” Ashley said.
Ashley also has adopted her sister, who was also adopted, to help her move in closer with her foster family.
Ashley hopes to eventually move into the same house as her adoptive grandmother.
“If I can get to be in her house and feel like my sister’s there, then I can be in the same room with her and be with her, and hopefully we’ll have some really good relationships,” Ashley explained.
Ashley plans to take part in the new adoption program at KCRW