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Ashley Rhodes-Courter      

International Child Welfare Advocate, Master of Social Work, Foster Parent & Author of the Best-Selling Memoir "Three Little Words"

Ashley Rhodes-Courter, LCSW, is the quintessential American success story. Born in 1985 to a single teen mother, by the age of three she was in Florida’s foster care system where she spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes—some quite abusive—before being adopted from a Children’s Home at the age of 12.

Through hard work and academic achievement, she received an Eckerd College Trustee Scholarship. She graduated with honors and went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

During her undergraduate studies, she was one of 20 college students selected for the USA Today All-USA Academic Team and was named one of GLAMOUR Magazine’s Top Ten College Women. She was also selected as one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by DoSomething!

Rhodes-Courter’s first book, “Three Little Words” is now a New York Times and international bestseller and has been published in at least 4 countries. Her second book, “Three More Words” debuted at #1 on Amazon Bestseller’s List. Both books are used in classrooms across the country in various community and First Year Experience Collegiate programs.

Rhodes-Courter has received state, local, and national awards for her speaking, advocacy, and philanthropy. She has spoken on Capitol Hill and has been invited to the White House twice. “Three Little Words” is now being made into a major motion picture.

Speech Topics

Three Little Words

Making a Difference: How One Individual Can Change the Course of Another

Reframing Your Life: What’s Good About Bad Experiences

Keys to My Kingdom: School as Sanctuary; Teachers as Mentors


Reese Witherspoon will star in James Mangold's Three Little Words ...
The actress will star in Mangold's Three Little Words, an adaptation of Ashley Rhodes-Courter's memoir which has been in the works since 2009. Words follows ...
Florida Senate District 20: Ashley Rhodes-Courter (D), Jack Latvala ...
Political newcomer Ashley Rhodes-Courter faces off against veteran lawmaker Jack Latvala in this newly drawn district. Rhodes-Courter, a former foster child, ...

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