Local Foster Care Agencies Honor StudentsÂ
The Zenith Foster Family Agency and The United Care Foster Agency of Los Angeles held their 5th Annual Graduation Celebration at the Courtyard by Marriott to honor foster kids striving to make a difference in today's society.
This year's theme titled," If You Dream It, You Can Achieve It," celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of foster youth graduating from high school and emancipating from the foster care system simultaneously.
The graduation celebration which was sponsored in part by Comerica Bank and other local charitable organizations serves as platform to recognize the achievements of foster youth by encouraging them to become productive citizens of society once they are out of the system.
"I plan on attending Antelope Valley College in the fall to major in psychology, and to someday become a social worker," said Marysha Farmer one of the honorees at the ceremony.
Farmer who has been with the Zenith Foster Family Agency since she was 12 years old said she is excited about branching out into the real world. "I realize that life after foster care will present it challenges, and I am strong enough to not fall victim to the dangers out there in the streets," she said.
The Zenith Foster Family Agency is one of the largest foster care agencies in Los Angeles. Their goal is to create an environment that enables the child to progress mentally, physically, and emotionally by supporting child and family relationships that last a life time.
"The kids are our future and we must all strive towards uplifting and educating them," said Walter Washington, President and CEO of Zenith Foster Family Agency. "By honoring the accomplishments of these kids, I hope to inspire more parents out there to open their hearts and their homes because these kids have a voice to."