Thats according to Beth OMalley, a foster care social worker in Boston. She says Picklers openness about being a foster kid is making it easier for others because, she admits, most kids in care DONT talk about the trauma.
There have been other celebrities who were raised in foster care but OMalley says they usually only talk about the experience when theyre much older.
She says the fact that Pickler is only 19 makes it easier for kids currently in foster homes to see her as one of them.
But while Picklers fame is bringing attention to foster kids, OMalley admits most of the kids shes spoken with tend talk about American Idol but not Pickler in particular.
She guesses this is because foster kids are used to disappointment and dont want to be broken-hearted if shes kicked off the show.
However, if Pickler makes the top three, OMalley predicts millions of foster kids will be jamming the phone lines to help her win.
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