Foster Care Unplugged is focused on enriching and developing the lives of youth in foster care and is committed to promoting positive outcomes for disadvantaged children at risk to being placed in the child welfare system.


The Mission of Foster Care Unplugged is to identify foster care youth, and develop their emotional-social skills on their journey to resiliency and success within their educational and social environment on their way to adulthood. This can be completed through Foster Care Unplugged’s  vision of  bringing awareness in order to identify partnerships, and initiatives  with those who can contribute to the mission.

“We are breaking every negative stigmas associated to being a “Foster Child”.
— Melody JoAnne Centeno, Founder


Melody JoAnne Centeno


Melody Joanne Centeno is a motivational speaker, and public advocate in the social work community. Her role as a Licensed Master Social Worker allows her to develop and create many community projects within early childhood education , homelessness , ACS, and the  domestic violence arenas. Known to many in her network as "The Plug", she enjoys bridging people and organizations together for the sake empowering the community.  More recently, She decided to use her story as a vehicle to break the stigmas associated with being a "foster Child". Being raised under the Auspice of the Administration of Children Services, she underwent a lot of challenges moving from foster home to foster home.  With the continual support of positive foster parents, and Heart Share Saint Vincent's Services she was able to become resilient through those experiences.  After aging out of foster care at the age of 21, she decided to devote her life towards supporting foster care youth, volunteering as a motivational  speaker. She has also been instrumental in supporting the HSVS American Dream program, a scholarship program who sponsored her college career. When asked to sit on the Heart Share Saint Vincent's Junior board, she had a passion for creating a bigger platform to support foster children; A "Foster Care Unplugged" Campaign.  Highly esteemed for her role model qualities,  and lasting impressions her goal is to educate minds, stir hearts, and activate a will within people to become greater. When not working on community projects, she spends most of her free time developing herself as an aspiring actress. Her greatest motivation are her two biggest role models, her foster mother Aunty Pat; and her beloved daughter Savannah Arielle Acree.


Daily News feature on Melody's push on homelessness prevention for foster care youth. 

Special Thanks to The American Dream Program who helped Melody JoAnne Centeno become the philanthropist she is today: 

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