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Forgotten Children: From foster care to sucess -- three share how they made it []

Despite finding himself in foster care at age three, having abusive foster parents and not knowing who his biological parents were when he was growing up, Steve Pemberton says he wouldn’t change his past.

If he could go back in time, he said about his younger self, “I wouldn’t pull him out of the situation.”

“Every dream that he has is going to come true, and then some,” he said.

Pemberton, 50, is from New Bedford and now lives in Chicago with his wife Tonya and their three kids. He began writing his memoir, “A Chance in the World: An Orphan Boy, a Mysterious Past, and How He Found a Place Called Home” when he was 44. He returned to New Bedford in August for a free screening of the Chicago-based Mighty Small Pictures’ production based on his book. He currently works as the chief diversity officer and divisional vice president at Walgreens.

Pemberton’s story and those of two young women voluntarily in foster care — Nicole Velez and Jessica Martins — are ultimately of triumph and success, overcoming being taken from their families with little more than a small bag full of necessities and hopes for a better future.

Follow here to read more about these inspiring success stories of three individuals who showed strength and determination to set goals for themselves and follow their dreams, despite being faced with many obstacles and adversities.

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