She is, Cindergirl.
Christina Meredith is from the oldest city in the Nation, Saint Augustine, Florida. Christina endured years of abuse before entering the foster care system. Passed from family to family, Christina finally landed in the 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 children all over the country.
She has been the recipient of ISF’s 2019 Community Impact Award, 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 had 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 the 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. She has spoken all over the country sharing her story, encouraging others that they too can heal from the wounds of trauma becoming all they dream to be.
Her mission to change the way America handles foster youth is well on its way as she continues to travel the country as a foster care activist and mental health advocate. She has recently launched her foundation the CHRISTINA MEREDITH FOUNDATION that advocates for foster care reform, youth to receive basic necessities, health care, trauma care, and education.
Christina’s is currently on her national book tour with her first book, Cindergirl, published by Harper Collins. She concurrently serves in the US ARMY and is earning her bachelors degree in Political Science with a focus on Foreign Affairs. She will commission December 2019. She splits her time between Los Angeles and Austin, TX.