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.