ChildNet, a Community-Based Care lead agency that protects abused, abandoned, and neglected children throughout Broward and Palm Beach County, hosted the 18th Annual Broward Graduation Celebration on Thursday, June 23 at Calvary Chapel in Fort Lauderdale to celebrate foster youth who graduated this year. Overcoming tremendous odds, a total of 128 youth was recognized for their academic achievements. ChildNet celebrated 19 middle schoolers, 72 high school/GED graduates, 20 special certifications, 10 Associates degrees, 6 bachelor’s degrees and 1 juris doctor.
Larry Rein, ChildNet CEO & President, delivered opening remarks during the graduation ceremony which was followed by a keynote address from Jeana Desis, a foster youth who is also a young mother and a recent graduate with a certificate in Culinary Arts. The presentation of certificates then took place, and the graduates were rewarded for their academic success with gifts from community partners.