Marcella Middleton aged out of foster care after having experienced 17 years and 16 different placements within the child welfare system. Though she experienced many hardships during her time in foster care, she appreciates the resiliency that helped her through and prides herself on dedicating her life to mentoring and supporting youth who are currently in the foster care system so that they can live successful lives. In 2014, Marcella graduated with her social work degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She is a lifetime member of SaySo (Strong Able Youth speaking Out), which is a youth led advocacy organization, and currently serves them in the capacity of youth trainer. Marcella also works as a Trainer at NC State’s Center for Family and Community Engagement (CFFACE), where she trains many curricula but most enjoys educating social workers and other professionals on Child and Family Team meetings and the importance of including youth and their voice in this process.
Marcella’s roles with NC DHHS & CFFACE include work with youth who have been in any type of substitute care system.
She is the most recent recipient of the WRAL Living the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. award, an advocate of recent normalcy law that was passed by legislation, was among the foster care alumni present when Governor Pat McCrory signed the bill into law, and now serves as the Youth Advisory Chair for the GSK Fostering Wellness Impact grant for youth in foster care.