Jessica Rosado

Last updated: 2007

Jessica Rosado

2007 Beat the Odds Honoree

Jessica Rosado’s fight to stay alive began at birth. Addicted to drugs during her pregnancy, Jessica’s mother was sentenced to prison soon after Jessica’s birth. Since Jessica’s father was unknown she was placed into the foster care system. In foster care, Jessica endured horrific circumstances which included verbal, physical and sexual abuse. Despite many constraints, Jessica’s incarcerated mother began the process of removing Jessica from foster care and uniting her with her father. When Jessica was 5, her father was located and subsequently awarded full custody. Francisco Morales had a troubled past and spent time in gangs and in jail. However, he was determined to turn his life around for his daughter and he went on to receive his BA and currently works as a counselor. In middle school, Jessica faced academic and behavioral challenges, sometimes resulting in physical fights. It was in high school that Jessica’s growing determination took hold as she began to think about what she wanted for herself and her life. She made a decision to turn her life around and to use her mind instead of her fists. She immersed herself in physical activities – track, basketball and volleyball – and dedicated herself to raising her grades and surrounding herself with positive influences. Today Jessica spends her free time at the Boys and Girls Club. Rori Roje, the Club’s College Bound Program Volunteer said that Jessica has managed to stay away from those who would detract her by “exercising (physically and mentally) a tremendous amount of self discipline and fortitude in her attitude.” The Children’s Defense Fund is honored to recognize Jessica Rosado as a 2007 Beat the Oddsâ recipient.