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H.O.W. Humanity One World - How One Foster Care Woman Changed the Lives of 90 Teens

Updated on January 29, 2021
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This Foster Mom Rocks!

Claudia Asprer is a mom who truly rocks! This Novato, California foster mom started taking in struggling teenagers when she was newly married and in her twenties. Since 1999, Claudia and her husband Roy have invited 90 foster children into their loving home.

I first heard about Claudia Asprer when watching The Queen Latifah show. Queen Latifah, herself, is an amazing woman. The show is entertaining, to say the least, but what draws me to the show each day is the segment where Queen Latifah introduces the world to unknown heroes – people who are making a difference in the lives of others. Through Queen Latifah I am seeing that there are many people out there helping people in unusual, but spectacular ways.

Jefferson Award Winner

In 2012, Claudia Asprer won the Jefferson Award.

The November 5 show featured a woman named Claudia Asprer, a woman who opened her home to teens who were struggling in school and in life. Claudia and her husband took these teens in one by one and showed each teen how to believe in themselves the way Claudia and her husband believe in them. Claudia took teens that were failing in school and worked with them to help them bring their grades up. One teen who came into the home was failing with a grade point average of 0.00 at the end of her freshman year. But by the time the teen graduated, she received honors for her scholarly achievements.

Teaching Not Preaching

Claudia spends a lot of time with her children. She doesn’t just tell them to study hard; she works directly with them, showing them exactly what to do.

Claudia and her husband Roy run a tight ship. They are strict with discipline, yet generous with love, and that is what makes the difference. In fact, one of the first teens to enter the Asprer household at the age of 19 is Marjorie Delgadillo. Delgadillo says the Asprers offer, “An abundant amount of endless love.”

You have to walk with them.

— Claudia Asprer

After Leaving the Foster Home

At some point, the teens must leave the foster home system to continue on with adult life. Understanding the importance of education, Claudia rented a townhouse nearby so that the teens would have a place to stay while attending college. The house is operated under Claudia’s non-profit program called “Moving on Up”. While in the Moving on Up program, teens are expected to do well. They must do their homework, they have household chores, and they have a curfew. There are no excuses. Claudia and husband Roy have expectations that the teens do well.

All of the teens who have lived in the loving home provided by Roy and Claudia Asprer have grown up to be successful adults. They all attend college. Some attend out of state and some attend near home. Either way, they all consider their home to be the Asprer household.

The Reunion - Foster Parents and Teens Unite

On November 5, 2013, Queen Latifah gave Claudia a wonderful surprise. Many of the teens were flown in to be reunited with their mom, Claudia. Tears of joy flooded Claudia’s eyes when she saw her girls, some of whom she had not seen in years, walking onto the stage with big smiles and big hugs. In watching the reunion, I could feel the love and devotion this family has for each other. While Claudia and Roy have biological children of their own, their foster children were treated with the same kind of love, honor, and caring that is expected of a parent.

The Moving on Up Program

Statistics show that many emancipated foster youth don’t do well once leaving the foster care system. Claudia Asprer started the Moving on Up program to help teens make the transition to adult life a successful endeavor. This compelling video has some alarming statistics about the failures of teens who exit the foster care system without help. Having a program like Moving on Up gives hope, resources, and support to get them off to a good start into adulthood.

Video: Moving On Up

Yes! You Can Make a Difference.

Anyone with a heart can make a difference. Claudia opened her heart to one person and that eventually lead to her saving 90 teens from despair. No matter what you do, big or small, it can be the one thing that changes the outcome of someone’s life.

H.O.W. How Humanity One World | How You Can Change the World.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Marlene Bertrand

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    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      tirelesstraveler, when I hear stories like this foster care lady and your sister-in-law's story I am infused with hope. Sometimes, the kindness of one person can make all the difference in the world.

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      My sister-in-law was in a foster home all her childhood. She learned to work hard, and had good life skills, but was always considered sub average intelligence until she went to college. She has lived abroad and is delightful. All it takes is someone to believe in you and expect you can do more than you think you can. Voted up, interesting, awesome and useful.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hello colorfulone. I have never had the opportunity to be a foster parent, but I know people who are. Some are just doing it for the money, but most provide a loving household. I admire people, like you, who open up their heart and home to provide a safe and loving atmosphere for people, especially teens, to grow up and thrive.

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      Susie Lehto 

      6 years ago from Minnesota

      Claudia and her husband sound like the right roll models for foster teens. It is a rewarding opportunity to be a foster parent and help children and teens. I did it for a short time, and got a taste of what it is like to open my home and life in that way.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      6 years ago from USA

      Hello Faith Reaper. It is always good to see you. Yes. When I saw how this couple was helping young girls make it in this world, I just couldn't help but share their story. Thank you for your comment and support.

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      Faith Reaper 

      6 years ago from southern USA

      It is always so wonderful to hear something good that is going on in this world, Marlene. Thank you for sharing about this beautiful couple and all they do to help others in this world. We need a million more just like them, and it could be us!

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      God bless you

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi Fiona Jean Mckay. Indeed, Claudia is an amazing lady. What she has done for teens is wonderful. I would really like to meet her one day and give her a hug for all the lives she has enhanced with her kind heart.

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      Fiona 

      7 years ago from South Africa

      What a wonderful lady - there are really some angels walking among us. I was especially touched reading this today - it is a sad day for us in SA with Tata Madiba having been buried. Anyhow, with more people like Claudia in the world, the world would be a far better place. I can't imagine letting go of 2 or 3 kids but to foster 90 she must be amazing.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi Faith. Yes, I wish there were more Claudias in the world. Although I don't know the hardships foster children endure on a first-hand basis, when I try to imagine a life lived in the foster care system, I think it must be a scary life - to be kicked out of the system as soon as they turn 18 with no tools, knowledge, or support has got to be the worst situation to be in. People like Claudia are like no other people in the world. Her story really got to me in a big way. Thank you for reading and for your positive feedback.

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      Faith Reaper 

      7 years ago from southern USA

      Thank you dear Marlene, for this inspirational hub here and sharing about a beautiful person, Claudia. If only there were more Claudias in the world! I truly believe we can each make a difference in the life of another person or many for that fact!

      This warms my heart this day! Up and more and sharing

      God bless you and Claudia,

      Faith Reaper

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hello CyberShelley. I am so inspired by Claudia and her husband Roy. It's one thing to be a foster parent, but this couple took it to a whole new level. Lots of love and support and so many lives were positively impacted.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      MsDora, you are making a difference. When you write, you always share a few words of wisdom. So, when we read your words, we are touched with the uplifting and inspirational messages that you share. Yes, you are definitely making a difference. As long as you're writing, your readers' lives are enhanced.

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      Shelley Watson 

      7 years ago

      What a heartwarming story that brings joy to my day. Up, beautiful, interesting and shared.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 years ago from The Caribbean

      "Strict with discipline, yet generous with love." Powerful! Thank you for sharing this H.O.W. story. Leaves me wondering how I can make a difference and whether I am making a difference.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Indeed, ChitrangadaSharan. Hats off to Claudia and her husband Roy. They are truly amazing people.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thanks, DDE. When I heard this lady's story, I felt compelled to share it.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hi RTalloni. When I heard Claudia's story, I was amazed at how one person could be so loving. She made a big difference in the lives of a lot of people.

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      RTalloni 

      7 years ago

      To make a positive difference in a young person's life changes their world, and your own, and it's good to see examples of people who have reached out in amazing ways to try to change the downward spiral of young lives.

    • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

      Chitrangada Sharan 

      7 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Very inspirational and heartfelt!

      To make a difference in the life of even one person is great. And thankfully there are so many with their heart full of compassion and love, engaged in such activities.

      Hats off to them! Thank you for sharing this!

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      H.O.W. Humanity One World How One Foster Care Woman Changed the Lives of 90 Teens, a heartfelt story indeed and to think of how something so small or big can change a person's life. A beautifully thought of hub making a difference in someone's life is such a great feeling

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hello Rayne123. Oh, you missed a good show. Nevertheless, I have recapped it here. If you get a chance, go to Queen Latifah's website - www(dot)QueenLatifah(dot)com and look up the shows for November 5 to see the reunion of Claudia and her girls. You'll cry the biggest tears of joy. Those girls really love their mom.

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      Rayne123 

      7 years ago

      I did not get a chance to see that show, but I did hear about it.

      There are good people out there. Its nice to see. She helped so many with change.

      Great hub

      Laurie

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Hello Eric. Thank you for visiting and for your feedback.

    • MarleneB profile imageAUTHOR

      Marlene Bertrand 

      7 years ago from USA

      Thank you, Bill. There's a video of the reunion of Claudia and the girls. It wouldn't upload, but I watched it three times and each time, I cried. There's so much love between them all. Claudia changed their world.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Very cool, thank you for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      There really is only one word for people like Claudia: beautiful! I have to go wipe my eyes now. Thank you for sharing this moving story.

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