Rhonda Sciortino abandoned at the age of six months became a ward of the court until she emancipated at 16. Except for a brief time with a wonderful foster family, those first 16 years were spent in the custody of a mentally ill man and alcoholic woman–her grandparents. Including around eight years old being homeless for months because the grandparents home was destroyed by fire.
At age 15 Rhonda decided to seek emancipation. It was required that Rhonda have a job to be granted the emancipation. So, Rhonda learned everything she could about insurance. Despite being denied again and again, Rhonda repeatedly petitioned the Insurance Commissioner to allow her to sit for the insurance agent exam even though she wasn’t yet 18. An exception was finally granted, and Rhonda became California’s youngest licensed insurance agent at 17.
Rhonda has overcome many obstacles to become a very successful businesswoman, author and speaker. She now serves as a National Child Welfare Specialist, helping child welfare organizations all over the US to manage the risks and realities of caring for kids.