Something we’ve learned over the years is that the one thing that opens and closes the most doors for young people is education. That is why we have supplemented our Maternity Program with the services of a full time Education Coordinator who also conducts screenings and advocacy for our foster care clients. Funded with donations leveraged through our Youth Opportunities Program Tax Credit Project, these services are not required by our licensing, contracts, or accreditation, but we believe them to be critically important to client success. In support of that contention, I received news this morning that three clients in our Foster Care Program will graduate from high school this month. One is already enrolled in college for the fall term. Another has been accepted to college but has not decided whether he will enroll immediately.
Congratulations to our new graduates and to the families and Good Shepherd staffers who support them!