Hope Chest Awarded to Foster Care Graduates

Published 06/18 2014 06:45PM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:55PM

By Melissa Adan

LUBBOCK, TX-- The Baptist Children Family Services' Lubbock Transition Center provided their graduating youth in foster care with a "hope chest."

This hope chest was filled with items bought from a shopping spree in Target.

The high school graduates recieved $550 in store credit from Target, while the college graduates were given a $1,000 gift card.

"We have 13 highschool graduates that we are celebrating today and six college graduates," said Kami Jackson, coordinator at Lubbock Transition Center. "But what they need most of all is people in their lives to spend time with them and know that they matter and that they are accountable to someone."

According to the Children's Bureau 54 percent of children in foster care complete high school and only 2 percent continue on to graduate from college.

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