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Episode 48: Foster Strong – Lino Martinez

July 14, 2020

Episode 48: Foster Strong – Lino Martinez

In this episode, Rob and Dana talk to social worker and Foster Strong digital manager Lino Martinez. Lino talks about his experience in foster care and reflects on how he persevered through the many challenges that faced him early in his life. Lino is also part of Foster Strong, an organization with a mission to end the stigma about youth in foster care and to show them that a successful future is possible.

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Lino Martinez is a first generation American of Afro-Latino descent. Lino says he lives for the beauty in the small moments of connection; the kind where you see someone and feel seen by someone. Lino recently moved to Washington, DC from his work as a caseworker at The Home for Little Wanderers, which specializes in continuum wraparound care-throughout this time he worked on child welfare at both an individual and system level. Lino currently works on the hill for the US House of Representatives, Committee on Energy and Commerce; as he also has a passion for environmental issues. Lino manages digital operations for the nonprofit FosterStrong and is on the board of directors for the nonprofit SUN Scholars. Lino was in the foster care system in CA from the age of 5-21 wherein he studied at the University of California Santa Barbara.

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