Family Design Resources rolling out red carpet for May 27 premiere of ‘Michelle’s Story’

Video highlights foster youth and importance of finding permanency.
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (May 26, 2015) – Lancaster County native Michelle Nauman-Brown entered foster care at age 2, separated from her two half-siblings.

She lived in 28 foster homes, six group homes, even a six-month boot camp without being adopted or finding another form of permanency.

How she triumphed over that adversity and now uses her experiences to inform and inspire older foster youth is the subject of a new seven-minute video, “Michelle’s Story,” which will premiere on Wednesday (May 27).

Nauman-Brown and her family will be on hand for a video release party from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday (May 27) at JPL, 471 JPL Wick Drive, Harrisburg.

The news media is encouraged to attend this event. Parking is available in front of the JPL building. The formal program will begin at 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 12:15 p.m.

Each year approximately 1,000 Pennsylvania youth exit the foster care system without achieving a form of permanency. That is, they are not reunited with their birth families or adopted, leaving them with nowhere to go and no one to turn to for support.

“Michelle’s Story” will encourage viewers to take steps to help address this challenge.

Harrisburg-based Family Design Resources ( provides consulting and training to agencies and institutions that serve children and families. Family Design Resources partners with Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries to manage the programs of the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN).