Annie Marek-Barta is a former foster youth who spent 5 years in the system before aging out. At the age of 26, she was adopted as an adult in Washington, displaying the truth that we never outgrow the need to belong. She now volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and works as a freelance photographer and graphic designer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Her heart is to advocate for the foster care and adoption realms and to see seats added to tables as the lonely are invited into belonging. You can find her on Instagram using the handle @anniemarekbarta.