Sam entered care at age 10. He experienced roughly 15 placements; 11 foster homes and 4 residential facilities. After experiencing 10 years in Oregon's foster care system having minimal contact with his bio family, is currently re-establishing his relations with his parents and siblings. Sam is pursuing a two-year transfer degree in communications at Portland Community College. He serves as President for Oregon Foster Youth Connection, a youth policy council. In his spare time, Sam enjoys surfing, hanging out with friends, hiking and studying the Czech language. He is also a musician who plays the keyboard, guitar, funk bass and a prized Didgeridoo.