(October 2016) McKenna Ahrenholz is not your average 12 year old… she is a survivor of child abuse and neglect; she is wise beyond her years. McKenna’s earliest memories involve being “in the system”. She and her 4 siblings have been involved with multiple child protective agencies from across the state for most of their lives.
McKenna is now using her story to raise awareness about abuse, and the experiences of being involved with CPS, and state care. She has given public testimony at the Legislative Taskforce on Child Protection, where she urged lawmakers to protect the rights of foster children. Of those rights, is to be represented in court by a volunteer attorney. Without an attorney, foster children do not have a representative in court. In cases like McKenna’s, they may be returned to an abusive home because no one is looking out for them.
“The people who make the laws like yourselves need to hear us children who are the ones going through such a crazy life.” ~ McKenna Ahrenholz
Read McKenna’s story at: Children at Risk: Foster Children’s Rights Ignored