foster care alumni change the narrative


It all started when…

In 2015 co-founders Vanessa Morrison, Bruce Waight, and Brondalyn Coleman, started having conversations about the obstacles and barriers that many youth of color face when it comes to their ethnic hair and skin care needs in foster and adoptive care. After years of volunteering, planning, and advocating on behalf of these issues the co-founders launched Cut it Forward to address these underserved needs.

Morrison and Coleman know the need all too well after growing up and aging out of the foster care system.

“Youth of color oftentimes enter foster and adoptive systems with their culturally specific, hair and skin care needs going unmet.” Morrison explained. “This isolating gap can be detrimental to a youth’s self-image, confidence, a barrier in cultural bonding, and more.” Morrison stated.

With an intention to create accessible, consistent, reliable resources led and informed by the very community with the lived experiences, Cut it Forward was launched in 2018. 

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Pictured (left to right): Co-founders and Foster Care Alumni Vanessa Morrison, Chair, Brondalyn Coleman, Board Member.  Picture Credit: The Oklahoman

Pictured (left to right): Co-founders and Foster Care Alumni Vanessa Morrison, Chair, Brondalyn Coleman, Board Member.

Picture Credit: The Oklahoman

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