Tiffany Haddish On Growing Up In Foster Care: ‘I Didn’t Think I Would Make It To 18’

Tiffany Haddish is reminiscing about her experience in foster care. Haddish discussed that moment in her life and how it felt to live day to day not knowing what the future held at a keynote address for the Variety Changemakers Summit.

“I felt I was going to die there when I was in foster care,” Haddish told the site. “I didn’t think I’d make it to 18 years old. And when I was 18, I realized, ‘OK, I’ve got to think bigger.’ I did dream broader, and I am exactly where I expected to be. Well, it’s bigger than I expected, but I’m feeling exactly how I expected to feel, and I’m confident in my capacity to provide for myself.”

Haddish’s She Ready Foundation, which matches foster youth with internship programs, is giving back to the town where she grew up.

“I wanted to take away the feeling of being garbage from them,” the Afterparty actress remarked.

“All my belongings had to be in trash bags when I was a kid and I was moving around, and moving like that isn’t healthy for your self-esteem because it makes you feel like garbage that can be simply transferred here or there,” she continued.

“You begin to see yourself as such, as trash. Personally, that was the worst sensation in the world, and I promised myself that if I ever had any power, I would make sure that kids didn’t feel that way. I’m going to try to modify that feeling for them if I can reach out. So I founded my nonprofit, and we began by handing out luggage.”

Not only does the comedian want to give back to the foster care community, but she’s also thinking of adopting a child. Haddish disclosed to ET in June that she had already completed the parenting classes required to begin the adoption process. It’s something that’s “very crucial” in her life plan, according to the humorous woman, “for a lot of reasons.”


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“I’m currently on the hunt for a family to adopt. First and foremost, many children have been left without parents as a result of the pandemic “Haddish elaborated. “There are several folks who require affection. This month is Foster Care Awareness Month, and I believe we should all be informed and do what we can to help.”

“I really wanted to be a foster parent, but because I’m so successful, my lawyer suggested that I just adopt instead, and I’m doing that right now,” she explained. “I’m looking for someone aged five and up. You know, knowing how to use the restroom, how to talk, and how to communicate. All I want to do is instill knowledge in them and prepare them for life in the big, dangerous world. That’s exactly what I’d like to accomplish.”

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