Ashoka Fellow
United States
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Brenda Eheart's work was prepared when Brenda Eheart was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
In the U.S. child welfare system, children with the most tormented histories are least likely to be adopted. Brenda Eheart realized that older adults could offer the extra measure of time and care that families need to provide these children a permanent home and a chance to flourish. She has brought the older generation to the rescue and in the process helped youth, their new families, and elders gain a new lease on life.
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