Mia Halthon identifies as an African American Woman. She was a young teen mother who grew up in the urban community of Detroit, Michigan. Some of her biggest adversities early on in parenting were growing up poor, dealing with the absence of a parent due to incarceration and living in a very impoverished neighborhood. Her greatest lived experiences have come from parenting children throughout different stages of her life. Her children’s ages are 27, 21, 12, and 4 years old. Mia is a parent leader from the Michigan Home Visiting Parent Leadership group who has had to navigate many systems of support to support her children with special needs. Her undying devotion to her children, community, and other parent leaders has been recognized time and again across multiple sectors within the early childhood system in Michigan. As such, she has been invited into leadership roles at the local, state, and national stage through community networking, offering insights to state leaders within multiple advisory capacities, and by partnering with a nonprofit to offer states within the Pritzker Children’s Initiative a chance to learn how to initiate or grow their parent leadership infrastructure.