Tiffany Haddish reflected on her days in foster care. She talked about that stage in her life and how it felt to be surviving day to day without a certainty of the future at Variety Changemakers Summit.
Tiffany Haddish starred in the mystery comedy series “The Afterparty” on Apple TV+, and she also appeared in “The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent” starring Nicolas Cage. She is engaged on a plethora of different films and TV series, and she just published a children’s book called “Layla, the Last Black Unicorn.”
During the interview, she stated.
When I was in foster care, I mean, I thought I was going to die there. 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, but I feel the way that I was hoping I would feel and that’s secure in my ability to provide for me.
Haddish’s She Ready Foundation, which connects foster children with internship opportunities, allows her to give back to the community from which she grew up.
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. You start thinking of yourself as such, as garbage. That was the worst feeling in the world personally, and I told myself, if I ever get any power, I’m going to try to make sure kids don’t feel like that. If I can reach out, I’m going to try to change that feeling for them. So I started my foundation, and we started with just giving out suitcases.
Not only does the actress want to give back to the foster care community, but she’s also thinking of adopting a kid of her own. She also mentioned that she had already finished the parenting lessons needed to begin the adoption process.