Celebrating Resilience: Foster Care Graduates Triumph at High School

A group of inspiring high school students had an unforgettable day. Over 150 young individuals who were part of the foster care system in Los Angeles County celebrated their high school graduation. Dressed in black and gold, the graduates took the stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown L.A. on Tuesday.

“I’m incredibly excited. I’ve been eagerly waiting for this moment – to finally say that I did it, that I finished high school and can now move on to the next chapter of my life,” expressed Adoniah Freeman, one of the graduates.

Each of the graduates maintained a GPA of 2.8 or higher, and they all have plans to attend a college or university in the coming fall. Despite facing various challenges, they aspire to utilize their determination and hard work to make a positive impact on others.

“My mother struggled with certain mental health issues, and she couldn’t provide proper care for me and my brother. I believe that my experiences can be of assistance to other individuals who have been in similar situations,” Adoniah added.

Among the attendees at the event were caregivers, therapists, social workers, as well as friends and family members, who cheered loudly to support their loved ones.

“My friends and siblings played a significant role in my life because when I was taken away, I felt like I had nobody,” shared Amanda Gaona, another graduate. “As my siblings grew older, they guided me.”

The graduates also received a video message from comedian Tiffany Haddish, who herself was placed in foster care as a child. She encouraged them by saying, “If you never give up and truly believe in what you’re doing, you can achieve anything.”

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