Brisa Barragan Huerta

My name is Brisa Barragan Huerta and I went into care in Alameda county. Though I was only in care from ages 16 to 17, just in that year I was able to see how much work needed to be done. As a proud Mexican-American I was disappointed to see how few Spanish speaking workers there were, my mother having to struggle to not only understand the system and its laws but also the language. I experienced first hand how teenagers are put aside, forgotten, all because of the stigma around us. Lastly I realized how incredibly slow, confusing, and hard it was to receive mental health services. I hope to increase awareness on the need for cultural competency, help destigmatize foster youth, and spread awareness on the extensive need for mental health services.