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The profile of Christine Foote incorrectly said that Foote, a Maryland parolee, was planning to return to selling products for Pure Romance, an in-home direct sales company. The company for which Foote previously sold products was Slumber Parties, not Pure Romance. Foote mistakenly thought she had worked with Pure Romance because of a change in corporate ownership. Slumber Parties confirms that it employed Foote as a consultant.

After prison term for theft, Md. woman faces job challenges

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Age: 33

Background: Foote grew up in a middle-income household in Wicomico County, Md. She has a 14-year-old daughter.

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She has an associate of applied science degree in business management from Wor-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Md. She was pursuing a bachelor's degree at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore before her incarceration.

Paroled: On April 16, Foote was released from the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women after serving 2 1/2 years of a 10-year sentence for felony theft.

The plan: It's been difficult finding a job. The Maryland Eastern Shore community where she lives has been hit hard by the economic downturn.

Coming home with no job was "very overwhelming and scary," Foote said.

To help earn some money, she is providing day care for her nieces and nephews. She's also planning to return to selling products for Pure Romance, an in-home direct sales company. She has a few parties ready to book.

Foote would like to move to an area with better job opportunities, but her emotional and financial support systems are in Salisbury. Her daughter is doing well, and Foote doesn't want to uproot her. She's living with her parents, which takes the pressure off not having a steady income.

Despite the challenges and her mistakes, Foote is working hard to do better.

"Everyone has made poor choices at some point," she said. "The past is just that -- the past. If I continue to focus on that and not learn from it and truly move forward, then I miss out on the present and future. It is what we learn and how we overcome the challenges which defines us."

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