Santana Lee knows the feeling of being raised in a nontraditional household, she was raised in out-of-home care for several years of her life. When she was eventually asked to take in one of her younger cousins, Santana did not hesitate because she remembered growing up in a home with her maternal grandmother and two brothers. What at first started out as a short-term request from her cousins’ parents, overtime started to look like it would be a permanent placement. Santana started out with the child being in her home with nontraditional kinship care as a verbal agreement and after a year she applied for a kinship care with the state. During this process, the child had two other older siblings still in the care of their parents, eventually the child welfare agency was called on the mom. After completing all the training required by the state, Santana became a licensed foster parent. She specifically became the foster mother to the child that was already in her care and eventually the child’s other two siblings as well.
She joined several organizations that legislate laws in the child welfare system and fight to make a change for our youth. Santana was trained to build a movement in the child welfare system and gone as far as to advocate with her state congressman and lawmakers. After doing all her own research in the foster care system, Santana decided to create her own organization to give back to the youth. Her goal is to provide them with the services that they are entitled to by being in the child welfare system, as well as the support that they all need and deserve. Based on that mission alone, All 4 Kidz was born. Since, All 4 Kidz Santana Lee has done incredible work in the community.