Q: You are one of the masterminds behind the very first Middle School Education Court in the country. What was your motivation for launching this court?

A: The motivation stemmed from seeing so many children that, especially in middle school, … [at] crossroads where they will either go on and succeed in high school or drop out. And the statistics I saw at that time were terrible. We had less than 50 percent of [foster] children graduate from high school. Right around 2 percent of them went on to college even though there was federal funding for them to go to college.