Laticia Finds Success, Plans to Share it With Others

Meet Laticia, she is a foster care alum.While Laticia is bright, responsible, organized and mature beyond her years, she has faced more adversity in 21 years than most people face in an entire lifetime. She spent much of her life in foster care and relative placements, while also experiencing chronic health issues.She aged out of the foster care system when she turned 18.
 
With all the challenges she faced, Laticia remained focused on school and made education a priority. While she had to manage transferring credits as she changed schools, she graduated from high school a semester early. She has since continued on to earn her bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where she graduated on May 5, 2018.
 
Throughout high school and college she advocated for youth in foster care. Now she is embarking on a career in social work with the goal of making positive changes to the foster care system. Laticia is a remarkable young woman who has defied the odds.
 
One of Laticia’s former caseworkers had the opportunity to celebrate her success at her UNI graduation party. That caseworker and others who worked with Laticia saw the amazing potential and watched her grow up. They recall helping her get her driver’s license, moving her into her first apartment, connecting her with important resources, writing recommendations letters, taking her out for lunch, and the list goes on. While some of these efforts go beyond DHS social workers basic job description, this is what social workers do to support youth aging out of the system.
 
Our DHS family is proud of Laticia’s drive and commitment to her education. We wish her continued success and look forward to the positive impacts she’ll make for foster youths in the future.