Hamilton County Job and Family Services
HCJFS Update

June 2013

In This Issue

Director's Letter: Remember to Report Elder Abuse and Neglect

New Cash and Food Assistance Cards 

Celebration of Dreams Event to Honor 2013 Graduates

Five Questions with the Frith Family

Summer Youth Employment Program

Adopt 11-year-old Shane

Shane has a loving and affectionate spirit. He is nonverbal but quick to let you know his feelings through smiles and hugs.

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Celebration of Dreams Event to Honor 2013 Graduates 

Each year, the Children’s Services Division of HCJFS honors the foster youth graduating high school during a "Celebration of Dreams" ceremony.

The event will take place June 12 at the 20th Century Theatre and will recognize the efforts of 47 youth in foster care who have overcome many obstacles to graduate.

One 2013 graduate, Brian Sherrill, was placed into foster care four years ago. As part of the transition, Brian was forced to change schools.

Brian knew he would be attending a much harder school and was nervous about keeping up with his academics.

“It was like nothing I’d done before,” Brian said.

However, with the support of his foster mother and all of the teachers at his school, Brian walked across the stage on June 2 to receive his diploma. He said that he could not have done it without his foster mother and teacher's help.

Stacy Sutton, Brian’s caseworker, talked about how great Brian has been to work with how proud she is of him.

“I’m overwhelmed with pride for Brian. He’s overcome many obstacles and he’s been very devoted to his education,” said Sutton.

Brian would like to thank his foster mom and all of the teachers at Mason for their help over the past few years.

Look for more Celebration of Dreams features and pictures from the event in the next issue of Update.

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