As we approach the final days of 2017, I wanted to share a story of great success and determination. JaJuan came into care in 2010 when he was just 12 years old. In this video he describes his life prior to coming into the system and how he was determined to break the cycle. His Guardian ad Litem shared this video with me this morning and although his case closed out PG several years ago and she lives in PA, they are very close and she is one of his biggest cheerleaders.

As Supervising attorney in Palm Beach County at the time, I remember this case very well. I spent a lot of time with the volunteer (also our recruiter back then) trying to figure out how to break the cycle for these kids. Love and determination were the magic ingredients. His sister graduated HS and is attending FAMU and well you have to watch the video to hear his story as I really feel he tells it best….

You all make a huge difference in the lives of children. I hope this inspires you as we end 2017 and begin 2018. Anything is possible when you dedicate yourself to what is most important.

I hope you all have a very Happy Holiday Season and may the New Year bring many more success stories for our kids.

https://www.azcentral.com/videos/sports/high-school/football/2017/12/14/family-faith-and-football-jajuan-cherry-story/108607794/