“The Bachelor” alum Bekah Martinez wants to grow her family by becoming a foster parent.
“I didn’t update you all, but I [was] sworn in for CASA [court-appointed special advocate] on my trip to Oregon and I am in the process of being matched with a foster child!” Martinez, 27, wrote in a recent Instagram Story post (via Us Weekly).
“Waiting for [an] official court appointment order, and in the meantime I have to check all the documents and history of the child with DCFS [Department of Children and Family Services],” she continued.”[N]no easy task.”
Martinez shared an update on Monday, writing that she was “working on” [her] CASA case on the beach” while wearing a “Chill AF” baseball cap.
“I found this hat in my car and it’s very ironic because I couldn’t be less chill today,” she wrote.
The former reality star has two biological children with her fiancé, Grayston Leonard. The couple, who began dating in 2018 and got engaged in July, welcomed their daughter Ruth in February 2019 and their son Franklin in July 2020.
Martinez starred in Arie Luyendyk Jr.’s season of “The Bachelor” in 2018. She caught the eye of viewers for being only 22 at the time, while the lead role was 36.
Martinez also made headlines when it was revealed that her mother had reported her missing because she didn’t know her daughter was on the show.
“MAMA. How many times do I have to tell you I’m not getting cell service on The Bachelor?” the nanny jokingly tweeted at the time.
Later that year, Martinez accused former “Bachelorette” contestant Leo Dottavio of sexual harassment after receiving screenshots of inappropriate text messages he allegedly sent to other women. Dottavio, now 35, denied wrongdoing.
In more recent years, Martinez has continued to use her platform to empower other women.
The California native shared on Instagram in March 2021 that she had been sexually assaulted while walking with her children.
“A teenager came by skateboarding and grabbed my ass,” she said at the time, adding, “I felt powerless. … I wanted to chase him and pull him off his skateboard. Hit him in the back. Do something, anything to him to realize that what he was doing was so wrong.”