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Regina  Louise

Regina Louise

Author & Child Advocate


“Triumph of the spirit” is the only way to describe Regina Louise’s trials as an orphan discarded by most, if not all, the adults in her life.  Her life story is one of a child who prevails against all odds, whose resilience shines through each attempt to break her, and whose sheer will to not only survive, but to thrive, is a beacon to us all. Read More >

 “My whole life, I wanted to hear that I was a wanted and special child.  So, I set about imagining what my beginnings would have been like.” At the age of 11, carrying a bag of ‘Nilla Wafers, a Cragmont soda, and a quarter, this self-determined child crossed the country on a Greyhound bus to meet a mother she’d known only in a scant memory—a woman who had long ago moved past wanting to be a parent.

After living in over 30 foster homes, group homes, and psychiatric facilities, and overcoming dangerous withdrawals from inaccurately prescribed drugs, Louise took charge of her life. Though she had missed many years of formal education and been labeled “below-average or marginal at best,” her optimism and perseverance helped her become a clear definition of resilience. She not only touches, moves, and inspires her listeners to want to stand and shout, she leaves them with the sheer hope of possibility.

A proud advocate for children and adoption, Louise was recognized for her continuous efforts by the US Department of Health and Human Services when she was presented with the Adoption Excellence Award in Adoption of Minority Children from Foster Care. The award was established in 1997 to recognize outstanding accomplishments in achieving permanency for America’s children waiting in foster care. 

Author of the best-selling memoir, Somebody’s Someone, her story has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and The Early Show.  Her poignant story has also garnered nationwide attention in newspapers and magazines. She is working on the second installment of her memoir and Lifetime Television has brought her story to the screen. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Oprah Audition: The Regina Louise Hour

Speech Topics

Triumph of the Spirit

Importance of Child Advocacy

Books & Media


Somebody's Someone: A Memoir

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