Student in foster care dealt with anger — now she’s in control

September 7, 2021

Kaiyanna Han has faced more challenges than many people do in a lifetime, and it hasn’t stopped her from setting goals and striving to achieve them. She grew up in an unstable home, struggling with poverty and abuse. Beginning at age 12, Kai moved through more than 20 different foster placements, including temporary care, group homes, foster homes and independent transitional housing. Her awareness and openness about her struggles, including anger issues and trauma, have made a deep impression on the adults who have worked to help Kai gain perspective and remain committed to school. Her strength, bravery and potential to forge her path in life continue to inspire those who hear her story. Kai herself is driven to help others, especially her younger relatives, and give them opportunities and guidance she didn’t have. Read about Kaiyanna in EdCal: https://edcal.acsa.org/student-in-foster-care-dealt-with-anger

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