First-time novelist Vanessa Diffenbaugh knew that the publicity surrounding her new and now best-selling book The Language of Flowers would give her plenty of opportunties to talk about America’s foster care system and her own experiences as a foster mom. But she also wanted to do more than tell people about the system; she wanted to give others a chance to help foster care children. Diffenbaugh started her non-profit The Camellia Network as a way for adults to support to foster care young people as they turn 18, helping ease them into the world on their own. Diffenbaugh named her organization after camellias because in the Victorian language of flowers camellia mean “my destiny is in your hands.”
Learn more about The Camellia Network here.