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May 29, 2020

Foster Care Alumna Kemisha Swan

Come June 1, you can go online to pick up Miss Swan’s Perfect BBQ Sauce to add to your summer cookout lineup – and thank UCAN alumna Kemisha Swan for tickling your taste buds.Growing up on Chicago’s West Side in the foster care system, Kemisha learned to love cooking as she learned to take care of herself. As an adult, her BBQ recipes were celebrated at family gatherings as being the best guests said they ever had. She took that feedback and in 2019 developed Miss Swan’s Perfect BBQ Sauce.Like...

May 18, 2020

Demarcus Collins: Foster Parent, Role Model

As a foster parent for the past dozen years to a total of 10 young African-American males, Demarcus Collins dismantles any number of stereotypes about who a foster parent is and what they should look like.And he does it with purpose and passion driven by his desire to support those who look like him, and who need the type of support and direction that he understands well.“I never had a father figure in my life,” recalls Demarcus, 34. “I try to present that father figure with all of the kids who...