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From Running Away to a Successful Career: Breyana Tibbs describes her teenage self as a loose cannonball.
We met Breyana because her mom couldnt safely care for Breyana or her siblings. As a result, the young teenager, in her words, crashed into the foster care system.
Breyana was understandably unhappy and confused. Her frustration led her to run away from her foster home for months at a time, and she was missing critical school hours. She eventually entered into the juvenile justice systemand even faced a challenge from the IRS.
Ive been on Breyanas caseand on her teamfor six years, which is longer than anyone else, from social workers to her foster parent, her Childrens Law Center attorney Katherine Piggott-Tooke said. Shes gone through some tough spots, but due to her strength, resiliency and perseverance, she has overcome every hurdle.
Even when she was running away, Breyana knew Piggott-Tooke would always fight for her.
Katherine called me at least once a week, every single week, while I was in care. She wanted to know if I was okay, if I needed anything, Breyana recalls. When a judge wanted me locked away, or I was having problems with CFSA or health coverage, Katherine advocated for me. I could always call her, no matter what kind of a sticky situation I was in, and knew she would always be there.