You speak and we Listen. Real stories of why Ohana is needed!

No one knows the trails, trauma, loneliness and disappointments as well, as those that have experienced it. Our best leaders, Mentors and Developers for the young adults in the Ohana Project will be those that have overcome and advocate for change to the system that failed them. Today the major changes that are happening for the good of Adult Foster Youth, are because of Alumni that are speaking up and making change happen.


“My name is Jonathan Thomas, and I am an emancipated foster youth who dedicates my time training others, and spreading awareness for the need for foster homes. During my childhood I endured many tough obstacles. Such obstacles often left me devoid of any self-worth. I became physically, emotionally, and mentally crippled by feelings of helplessness, hopelessness, and loneliness. These experiences were brought to an end when I entered the foster care system when I was 14 years old. Despite the foster care system being my knight, and shining armor, all was not perfect.”

We invite Former fosters to share their story and their successes.


The Ohana Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Toledo, Ohio.