As a child, Amber Daniels became a ward of the court and would have entered the foster care system if her grandparents hadn’t stepped in to give her a home. Years later, when her grandparents became guardians of Amber’s younger sister as well, Amber was impressed by the social worker who helped them.
“This woman is an amazing social worker,” Amber says now. “She really made everything a lot easier for my sister and for my family. I want to do that for other families.”
Today, Amber is finishing a degree in social work at UIS, and she hopes to get her master’s degree as well. Her ultimate goal is to work for DCFS.
Paying for college has not been easy. A first-generation college student, Amber knew her grandparents would not be able to help financially, so she worked extremely hard in school to qualify for scholarships. She says they have been “really, really, really helpful.”