Whitney entered congregate care at the age of 14 and wasn't taken in by a foster home until age 17. Through the turbulence of life, Whitney found her purpose in advocating for foster youth who feel they've had no voice. Whitney's story consists of traveling to 18 placements with a trash bag of her belongings, over-prescription of psychotropic drugs, and the fight for dignity while she was in the system.
The name, "G&Co", came to be after Whitney survived a life -changing car accident, while in foster care, that left her with a traumatic brain injury, a broken spine, and a broken leg. During her recovery Whitney's, only, means of mobility was by wheelchair.
As healing felt impossible, Maurice understood, he has witnessed his mother's overcoming. Maurice's mother was also a youth battling the hardships of foster care in Germany.
Compelled to remind Whitney that there is hope in her recovery. Daily, Maurice, would remind Whitney of all that she has been through, and would always say "I know this is frustrating for you, however this time you are not a lone - you'll always have company". From then on, their journey kicked off.
Through the birth of their son, Aemon, they became devoted to stopping the cycle of abuse and abandonment, not only for their child but for others as well. Whitney is an advocate for fostering and adopting and during her events Maurice is right beside her delivering hard facts about the truth of the American Foster Care system. Together their goal is to remind others and lead by example on how small acts of companionship can result in life changing resilience.
G&Co means never giving up on each other. G&Co means being there for those who are afraid. G&Co means meeting the needs of each other, together.