Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Fog 24° Fog

Huckleberries Online

Former foster kid beats odds

Kailamai Hansen sat down to her first family dinner at 12 years old. “I had been raised in such chaos it was all I knew,” Hansen said. Hansen spent most of her young life bouncing from foster home to group home and back to her biological mother’s home. She was physically and emotionally abused from the time she was very young until she was about 16. Now 26, Hansen uses her story of overcoming that situation as a message to the troubled youths of Idaho. Leading by example, Hansen is in her senior year at Lewis-Clark State College and said she plans on pursuing a law degree in 2017. Hansen grew up in Kellogg and now lives in Lewiston. Hansen self-published a book in 2012 titled “Out of the Darkness, My Journey Through Foster Care,” detailing her rocky childhood. She has used her experiences in her speeches and presentations across the state during her work with the Juvenile Justice Council/Tom Holm, Idaho Falls Post Register. More here.

Question: Have you been involved in foster care in any way?

Read more here:

Huckleberries Online

D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.