She is, Cindergirl.
Christina Meredith calls the oldest city in the Nation, Saint Augustine, Florida, home. Christina endured years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse before entering the foster care system. Passed from family to family, Christina finally landed in a home where she remained until she aged out of the system at 18.
Graduating from Allen D. Nease high school with nowhere to turn, Christina spent the better part of a year homeless and living in her car. Eager for a fresh start, Christina moved out to California where she took a series of odd jobs, eventually catching the eye of a pageant recruiter who suggested she compete in the Miss California pageant. In April of 2013, Christina won the title of Ms. California and has since dedicated herself to speaking out on behalf of abused girls and foster care children all over the country.
She has opened for the Special Olympics, spoken to congress on the foster care crisis- pushing for bigger mental health budgets specifically trauma therapy services for all foster youth, the state of Florida invited her to speak to hundreds of foster youth and state workers teaching trauma awareness, the city of Saint Augustine hailed her a hometown hero awarding her a yearly Child Abuse Prevention month from the Saint John’s Commissioners office, the mayor of Saint Augustine privileged Christina as the honored guest for the Lighting of the Night where over 10,000 heard her story; National Geographic deemed this event a top ten global attraction to see, she has inspired thousands all over the country from universities to churches sharing her incredible story encouraging others that they too can heal from the wounds of pain and trauma becoming all they dream to be.
Her mission to change the way America handles orphans and sexual abuse is well on its way as she continues to travel the country as a foster care activist and mental health advocate to include PTSD and trauma awareness training. She is currently launching the Christina Meredith Foundation that will provide tools and wrap-around support for foster care children trapped in between the welfare and prison system.
Christina signed with Harper Collins and Zondervan, publishing her memoir March 5th, 2019 complete with a National speaking tour. She currently serves in the United States Army while finishing her dual major in Political Science and International Affairs. Christina resides in Los Angeles and Jacksonville, Fl.