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Regina  Louise

Regina Louise

Author & Child Advocate


The recipient of numerous awards and accolades, Regina Louise was most recently awarded the United States Department of Human Services Individual Achievement Award for reducing the number of minority children in foster care through adoption, and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors honored her in for her service in helping Los Angeles County foster youth. Read More >

By the time she was 16, Ms. Louise lived in — and failed to adjust to — far too many foster homes, group homes and psychiatric facilities. The many valuable years of formal education that Ms. Louise missed didn’t prevent her from pursuing her belief that she “would be somebody” and in less than three short years, Ms. Louise has addressed and educated over three and a half million people across the nation about the present state, and most probable futures, of youth lost in foster care adrift. From the Salish Nation Indian tribes of Northern Washington, to the depths of “Suitcase City” in Southern Florida, crowds have heard and felt the power of her message: LOVE IS NEVER WASTED.

Author of the memoir Somebody’s Someone, Regina’s story has been featured on The BBC World Service, Narrative.ly Literary Magazine and the Epoch Times; NPR’s All Things Considered, The CBS Early Show, PBS’s Tavis Smiley Show and NBC11. Ms. Louise’s story has received nationwide attention in newspapers and magazines including The San Francisco Chronicle, Shanghai Times, Los Angeles Times, Hallmark Magazine, Philadelphia Tribune and The Chicago Tribune. In April 2019, Lifetime Network premiered a bio-pic of Regina’s memoir called I am Somebody’s Child: The Regina Louise Story.

Somebody’s Someone has also been adapted into a one-woman-show and was the subject of an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary. The NAACP nominated Ms. Louise’s one-woman show for two Theatre Awards.

Currently, Ms. Louise is a Child Welfare Executive Coach, as well as a trainer of Cultural Humility, and Trauma-Informed Care Practices. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

I Am Somebody's Child: The Regina Louise Story Trailer

Oprah Audition: The Regina Louise Hour

Good Morning America: On Foster Care and Adoption

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Triumph of Spirit

Despite having found love, attachment and a commitment to have a forever family, Regina Louise’s plea to belong to the one woman who wanted her was denied by a court of law. During her presentation: Regina will discuss her humble beginnings, her exit from foster care without permanency; and touch upon the trials and tribulations that shaped her — ultimately — for the better.

Importance of Child Advocacy