At just 18-years-old, Malee moved from a refugee camp in Thailand to the United States along with her three siblings.
Malee’s two younger siblings were placed in foster care through CCC’s Unaccompanied Refugee Minor program. Being too old for foster care, Malee and her older brother, who has severe neurological disorders requiring 24/7 care, began living on their own. CCC’s Refugee Resettlement staff helped Malee navigate life in the United States by securing housing, helping her enroll in school, acting as a medical liaison, and connecting her with other critical resources.
With help from CCC, Malee has continued her education while her brother attends adult day care. Last year through another CCC program, she was matched with a mentor who lovingly welcomed Malee into her life. Malee’s mentor has helped her understand her finances, prepare for citizenship, and study to pass her driver’s license exam.
Although Malee and her younger siblings live apart, they see each other regularly. Malee hopes to one day formally adopt them and they can all live together as a family.
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