Amanda Ramey has fostered 28 kids since she was 22 years old. She is now 32 and has four adopted children of her own. Even though she is no longer a foster parent, she still wants to work in the field and help families and their children, which is why she is taking criminal justice classes at SCC.
After 10 years of being out of school, Amanda decided to take an introduction to criminal justice course at SCC and fell in love with it. Being in and out of the courtroom for the past decade as a foster parent, Amanda is no stranger to the criminal justice field.
“I actually knew a lot. It wasn’t all so foreign to me,” she said. “Now I can learn about what goes on behind the scenes, which would’ve been cool to know before I went through all of that. But it’s still neat to learn and be able to broaden my knowledge.”
Amanda and her husband started fostering children shortly after they married in 2003. She first enrolled at SCC right after she graduated high school in 1998, but decided she wasn’t ready. “I had other goals in mind,” she said. “College just wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.”
Instead, her goal was to foster children, which was something she wanted to do since she was 12 years old. “I baby-sat for a foster family, and they were critical in my life,” she said. “They had so many kids in and out of their home, and they adopted a few. That was when I knew it was something I wanted to do.”
Now as the mother of four adopted children, Amanda can no longer dedicate the time to being a foster parent, but instead wants to help children in a different way.
“I’ve worked with a lot of case workers who were very influential in my life,” Amanda said. “I want to do the same for other families and help find loving homes for children.”
Amanda’s goal is to work in child welfare, but her first step is to get an associate’s degree in criminal justice at SCC. Her next step – a bachelor’s degree at Lindenwood University.
“I’m getting a lot more out of my education this time around, because I know it’s going to be part of my career,” Amanda said. “The more I learn, the more I’ll be able to help others in the future, and that’s why I’m here at SCC – to learn and grow.”
Updated: June 26, 2012.