When it comes to the foster system, 18-year-old Jasmine Brown has been through it and then some.

"To begin with, my mother was a drug addict, you know, left when I was 4," Brown said. "I was adopted when I was 6. Got back into foster care when I was 14."

St. Jude's Ranch for Children was her last resort, and it turned into her saving grace.

"I came here with a lot of depression issues and the staff actually really helped me and pulled me through that," Brown said.

November is National Adoption Month, and the ranch is hoping more families will open their doors to kids like Brown.

"Whether you're a single parent, whether you come from a non-traditional setting or so forth, we just want people who are willing to step up to offer their homes to our children," said Cynthia Lopez, St. Jude's Ranch Director of Development.

Brown is the oldest kid at the ranch, so she's become like a mentor to her younger friends.

"I've tried to tell kids who are as defiant as I was that it's not all fun and games when you get older," she said.

If they follow her lead, those kids will be on their way to graduation and college. Brown is saving up money to study psychology at one of the San Antonio Colleges this spring.