July 2016

This helpful and responsible young man does well in school and enjoys reading adventure books. He also likes to play outside during his free time and he loves to laugh.

Giovanni enjoys watching football and playing football video games. His favorite subject in school is math, because he gets to learn new things every day. He describes himself as active and strong. He works really hard to keep his room clean and helps out around the house. Giovanni is proud of his artistic abilities and he hangs his drawings on the wall proudly for everyone to see.

Giovanni is looking for a caring and supportive family that can provide understanding as he copes with separation and loss. He also needs a family to support him and give him structure and guidance as he grows and matures.

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Sharing our good news

We have received some good news at our agency the past month and I would like to share. I have great pride and joy in the work of my staff, so I always like to point out their success when given the opportunity.

First and foremost, we received a great report from outside consultants who came in to examine our agency's practice, policies and performance as we prepare to place a levy on the ballot this November. Public Consulting Group, Inc. concluded that our agency had both performed well and provided good stewardship over the public's tax dollars. The Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee said the same in its report to the county's Board of County Commissioners. We appreciate both groups diligently and comprehensively evaluating our operations so they could make an informed and detailed report to the Commissioners.

We honored 39 youth in care who made it to high school graduation
Once again, we honored our kids in foster care who graduated from high school at our annual Celebration of Dreams.

Thirty-nine graduates, one rapper who grew up in foster care and many family members, case workers and other supporters were on hand last month at the 20th Century Theater for the 17th annual Celebration of Dreams.
Graduate Stanley Williams from Withrow High School spoke about the challenges he faced through 8 years of foster care. 
The night's entertainment was provided by Diego Fuller.
Fuller was abused and neglected before his extended family dumped him and his clothing at a Texas child protective services office. 
With the help of loving foster parents who truly embraced him as family even when he acted against them, Diego turned to rap music to tell his story and has released two albums to wide acclaim. 
For many, graduation was no certainty: they have been separated from their biological families, neighborhoods and schools and experienced a great number of stressful situations. They have overcome tremendous obstacles to get their diplomas. We are so pleased to be able to celebrate their achievement.

Weir to be honored for her commitment to children  

Moira Weir, director of HCJFS, is being honored by the Family Nurturing  Center for her commitment to protecting children from abuse and neglect.

She will be honored at the center's Blue Ribbon Bash on Aug. 12, downtown at the Hyatt Regency.

The nurturing center is a non-profit agency dedicated to ending the cycle of child abuse by promoting healthy family relationships.