Thomas Jefferson McRae, Jr., a native of Washington, D.C. spent seven years in the foster care system. While in foster care, Thomas became an advocate for other youth in the D.C. child welfare system. The combination of his lived experiences and his constant advocacy work influenced him to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cheyney University of PA, class of 2015. After graduation, Thomas moved to Philadelphia where he worked in various roles in the Philadelphia child welfare and mental health systems. In 2021, Thomas graduated from West Chester University of PA with his Master of Social Work degree. Currently, Thomas continues to use his lived and professional experiences in his work with children and families. Thomas uses a trauma informed approach by way of Cognitive Behavioral Technique to aid, understand, train, and support those in need.