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Congratulations to the 40%! 

Last week, I had the privilege to attend Hamilton County Job and Family Services' Celebration of Dreams ceremony.  JFS holds this ceremony annually to honor those children in the foster care system who have overcome major obstacles and hurdles to graduate high school.  This achievement takes on all the more significance when one realizes that only 40% of children engaged in the foster care system go on to graduate high school.  It was incredible to hear the stories of some of these children, hear about their talents and learn what they are currently planning to do with their lives now that they have achieved this milestone.  Here are just a few examples from the roughly 50 young people who attended last night’s ceremony:


Taylor France won a recent horse show at Diamond Oaks and hopes to join the University of Cincinnati equestrian team.

• Megan Bounds studied welding at Butler Tech to share careers with her dad, who passed away at a young age. She now plans to attend Northern Kentucky University.

• MeKaisha Jones, who will soon have a baby boy, plans to study marketing at the University of Cincinnati so she can make a good life for her child.

• Hailey Griggs is going to Ohio University and hopes to become a high school math teacher.

Congratulations to all of these incredible young people and best wishes as they start the next chapter of their lives.  Also, I wanted to congratulate the Department of Job and Family Services and its employees, under the leadership of Moira Weir, for once again putting together a fantastic evening for these graduates and for everything they do to care for children in need in our community.  Every day, Hamilton County JFS cares for roughly 1,100 foster children and has nearly 300 children available for adoption.  Local residents interested in adopting or becoming a foster parent can call 632-6366 for information or can visit www.hckids.org 

Posted by jeff.aluotto On 14 June, 2017 at 4:56 PM  

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