Vellis searched for a children’s book to help explain to her foster kids that they can’t live with their parents right now, but everything is going to be okay. When she couldn’t find one, she Googled, “How do you write a book?”
She spent two years saving, and with the money she earned from foster care, she self-published her first book, Sometimes, in 2017.
To help make the book a reality, Vellis teamed with ilustrator Jin Lehr, who wishes she had a copy of the book during the six years she spent in foster care.
“That would have made me feel really safe, says Lehr, 27.