Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, LCSW, is a former foster youth who went on to become a Clinical Social Worker, keynote speaker, foster/adoptive parent, and New York Times bestselling author (Three Little Words, Three More Words). Since her first national keynote at age 14, Ashley Rhodes-Courter has shared her story all over the world and in all 50 states.  Despite a nearly decade in an abusive foster care system with 14 different placements, Ashley excelled in school because she believed that, “my education was the one thing nobody could take from me.”  Early in her life she felt compelled to advocate for herself and the other children she saw suffering.

Her first book, Three Little Words (Simon & Schuster) was an international bestseller and has been published in 4 countries. Her second book, Three More Words (Simon & Schuster) debuted at #1 on Amazon Bestseller’s List. Both books are used in classrooms across the country and in various community and First Year Experience Collegiate programs. Three Little Words has been optioned for a major motion picture. Ashley’s debut picture book, Sam Is My Sister was published in March 2021.

Ashley has been featured on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Nancy Grace, ABC Primetime, and other national media outlets.  She frequently appears in local television and newspaper markets.

The Foundation for Sustainable Families ( is a non-profit organization Ashley founded to help serve children and families in her own community. Ashley has turned her pain into power and her inspirational story of resilience, philanthropy, and overcoming hardships resonates with audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Ashley and her husband were Guardian ad Litem/CASA Volunteers before spending many years as foster parents. They now live in Florida with their three dynamic young children.

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