We are honored to have Regina Louise, author and child advocate, as one of our speakers for the 2020 Future in Focus Women Working in Corrections & Juvenile Justice conference!
Regina Louise is the author of the memoir Somebody’s Someone. Her story has been featured on The BBC World Service, Narrative.ly Literary Magazine, the Epoch Times; NPR’s All Things Considered, The CBS Early Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show and NBC11. Her story has also received nationwide attention in newspapers and magazines, and in April 2019, Lifetime Network premiered a bio-pic of her memoir called I am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story.
Her story involves her time spent in foster care. Regina lived in and failed to adjust to far too many foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities by the time she reached the age of 16. The many years of formal education missed, due to her repeated placement in different homes, didn’t prevent her from pursuing her belief that she “would be somebody”.
Regina has addressed and educated over 3 1/2 million people across the nation about the present state, and most probable futures, of youth lost in foster care. From the Salish Nation Indian tribes of Northern Washington, to the depths of “Suitcase City” in southern Florida, crowds have heard and felt the power of her message: LOVE IS NEVER WASTED.
Regina, who is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, was most recently awarded with the United States Department of Human Services Individual Achievement Award for reducing the number of minority children in foster care through adoption, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored her in for her service in helping Los Angeles County foster youth.