Inspiring HOPE and SUCCESS
Helen Ramaglia was born, a premature infant, into a life filled with violence and abuse. When she was only three years old, her mother suffered fatal wounds due to domestic violence. With no desire to nurture small children her family sent a little girl, already full of wounds and trauma, to anyone who wanted to play mommy and daddy. Living in closets, being touched in private places and made to touch in return, in Helen’s mind, was merely child’s play.
At six years of age, Helen was returned to her father. The brutal life she remembered seemed farfetched and possibly a nightmare. However, within only two years her father returned to alcohol; and it was obvious a mentally demented man still lurked deep inside him. Helen came to recognize her two year much forbidden childhood as only a lie. Every day brought new horrors that stole Helen’s identity; and new trauma that stole her voice. Before long she had stopped talking altogether.
For most of her life, continuing to live became Helen’s daily vigil, with everything focused on nothing but survival. At age sixteen, she found herself graduated from high school with no one to guide her into adult life. For two years, she sat forgotten, lonely, and depressed. Three weeks before aging out of foster care, Helen sat on the side of her bed with a handful of sleeping pills. However, she made the decision to marry out of care instead of taking her own life. Two short marriages and giving birth to two children of two different fathers brought her to realize she was not on a path she should be traveling. But, with no one to teach, guide or offer support, she continued most of her adult life on her own. At age thirty-eight, as she struggled to distance herself from yet another abusive relationship, she decided to change her life; catapulting her to where she is today.
Helen serves as a powerful advocate for foster children by bringing voice to the voiceless. She is the creator of Foster Skills, a program designed to guide children in care, of care and at risk, onto a path of success. She is a foster adoptive parent, is founder of “Fostering SuperStars”, a 501(c)3 non-profit of foster alumni serving foster children across America. She is a Congressional Award winner, a Points of Light Award honoree, a Woman of Valor award recipient, and has recently received a Successful Survivors award. She has written many compelling articles for “The Chronicle of Social Change”, and is a much sought after Child Welfare trainer and keynote speaker. A compelling inspirational speaker, Helen shares her story of hope and healing to hundreds and thousands of hurting souls across our nation.
Helen lives in Georgia and has four children. Two adopted from the foster care system.
Today, Helen is amazed how God could use a little girl so broken and so battered, to do some of His greatest works. Today, Helen inspires hope in the hopeless and brings joy to the joyless with Party Time and hosting Birthday Bashes for children in care, who otherwise, would go unnoticed!
She empowers aging out foster children for SUCCESS with Foster Skills – a trauma skills program created from above. Delivered by the broken and battered; who have been made whole again.
*You can read more about Helen at www.fromfostertofabulous.com.