December 17, 2019
Episode 20: LaTasha Watts and The Purple Project
In this episode, Rob and Dana talk to author, speaker, and foster care advocate LaTasha Watts. LaTasha is the founder of The Purple Project, a yearly conference that brings teens in foster care together for workshops and to share their experiences. LaTasha spent most of her childhood in foster care, suffered horrible abuse, battled cancer, and has now dedicated her life to helping youth who are aging out of the system.
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LaTasha C. Watts is an Award Winning Child Advocate, Speaker, and Author of “I’m Not Broken Just A Little Twisted.” She spent her entire childhood in the foster care system; living in a variety of foster homes, until eventually “aging out” of the foster care system at the age 18. After exiting foster care, LaTasha would then find herself struggling to survive; facing poverty, homelessness, and multitude of health issues, including battling cancer.
However, despite her adversities, she maintained a determination to change the negative outcomes of children in the foster care system and beyond. Currently she has over 15 years experience in working with youth, families and professionals in a variety of settings. She prominently holds the positions of Founder and Executive Director of The Purple Project, a support and resource network dedicated to assisting foster children with maintaining stability and successfully transition out of foster care. She is also Founder and CEO of Cummings Watts & Associates, LLC a lifestyle management, and child welfare consulting and professional training firm.
LaTasha has received numerous recognitions, including Proclamations from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland; all in honor of her immeasurable contributions to the foster care and adoption communities. She has worked on multiple nationwide charity campaigns; and has been featured in several magazines, and textbooks. LaTasha travels nationwide consulting, educating and motivating youth, professionals, and families through her consulting packages, workshops, panel discussions and keynote addresses.