May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re shedding light on this important topic with celeb mom Victoria Rowell who grew up in the foster care system. Victoria founded The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan (RFCPP) to help enrich the lives of children in foster care through artistic and athletic expression.
The Young and the Restless star opens up to Celebrity Baby Scoop about the thousands of American children in the foster care system and the dire need for adoption.
I wish foster care did not exist in America,” Victoria says, and adds, “I feel it’s run as well as it can be, given the burden of its weight. Of course there’s room for improvement. Namely, equitable will at the executive level.”
Victoria continues, “Adoption is a very serious commitment. We have 513,000 children in America, over 100,000 are available for adoption. For more information please log on to Casey Family Services, Save the Children and National Adoption Day to read about how thousands of adoptions take place on one day during the month of November.”
“RFCPP is twenty-one years old. I’m a National Spokesperson for adoption through the Annie E. Casey Foundation/Casey Family Services,” she says. “We are a long-time mentoring organization using the medium of arts and education.”
Victoria wrote a memoir of her experiences in the foster care system entitled, The Women Who Raised Me. “My experiences are too many to mention, hence I needed to write a book,” Victoria says. “That said, my most vivid memories are growing up on a farm in Maine, studying classical ballet in Cambridge, Mass., and my journey to New York City at seventeen.”
At 16 days old, Victoria was removed from her home by child care services. How has she become such a success story? “Faith,” Victoria says, and adds, “I was born with ambition and a lot of faith, and was taught praying any way you know how is the right way. It all floats up.”
Mom to Maya, 20, Jasper, 14, and two step-children aged 6 and 10, Victoria says she is grateful to be able to provide a good life for her kids. “The greatest rewards are seeing my children pray over their food,” Victoria says.
Well known for her role as Drucilla Winters on Y&R, it’s no surprise Victoria’s second book is all about the drama. “Secrets of a Soap Opera Diva exposes the glamorous and drama-filled life of a soap star, on and off the stage,” Victoria says. “Ripped from the headlines of Soap Opera Digest and straight off of the television screen, Secrets will give readers plenty to talk about as they try to guess where the real world ends and imagination begins.”
She also cracked us up on The Cosby Show and Dumb and Dumber. “Jim Carrey definitely has a serious side and he’s a gentleman,” Victoria says of her famous costar, and adds, “I have deep admiration for both stars and remain in touch with Bill Cosby. I hope Jim and I have the good fortune to work together again in the future.”
To learn more about The Rowell Foster Children’s Positive Plan, click here.