The overall U.S. high school dropout rate stands at 10%, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services puts the rate among children in foster care at 50%.Less than 13% of foster children enroll in higher education, but Justin Abbasi is defying the odds. His family was torn apart in 2008, when his father was charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of his mother. Abbasi and his sister were placed into foster care less than 24 hours later.
“I was torn to pieces, I felt alone,” said Abbasi. ” I was 11 years old and I didn’t know what to do by myself.”
Abbasi started to heal when he was finally allowed to go back to school.