Tiffany Haddish reflects on time in foster care: “I thought I was going to die there”

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Tiffany Haddish reflected on her experience in the foster care system and how it has inspired her to use her platform to give back to other foster kids.

“When I was in foster care, I mean, I thought I was going to die there,” the Girls Trip actress told Variety. “I didn’t think I would make it to 18.”

“And when I made it to 18, I was like, ‘OK, I got to really think bigger.’ And I did think bigger, and I’m definitely where I thought I would be. Well, it’s bigger than what I thought.”

Haddish said she now feels the way she had always hoped to feel, which is “secure in my ability to provide for me.”

While the Emmy-winning comedian said her goal is to look on the positive side of her experience, saying it made her strong, there were dark times.

“When I was a kid and I was moving around, all my stuff had to be in trash bags, and moving like that is not good for the self-esteem because it makes you feel like garbage that can easily be transported to here or there,” she said. “You start thinking of yourself as such, as garbage.”

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Haddish said this was “the worst feeling in the world personally” and she made a vow to herself in that moment.

“I told myself, ‘If I ever get any power, I’m going to try to make sure kids don’t feel like that,'” she said.

To accomplish this, the “Layla, the Last Black Unicorn” co-author founded the She Ready Foundation, a nonprofit that gives suitcases to foster children and connects them with internship programs.

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“She Ready Foundation serves as the voice of foster children suffering in silence,” the group’s website reads.

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