Ten lucky Latina foster youth were treated to a once in a lifetime Quinceañera—a fairy tale come true celebration
Ten Latina foster youth were the guests of honor Sunday, July 28, at the 5th annual Quinceañera celebration hosted by Quinceanera.com, the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), and in-kind support from many donors. A quinceañera is a traditional coming-of-age Latino ritual, celebrated with food, music and entertainment; and it signifies the transition of a young woman from childhood to young adulthood and formally introduces her before the entire community. The celebration plays an important part in preserving the heritage and culture of the honorees. Highlights of this joyous event includes a religious blessing, the Quinceañera Waltz, where the young ladies and their chambelanes (escorts) dance to traditional songs, and the “presentation of the dolls,” symbolizing that the young ladies are leaving behind their childhood. The event seeks to raise awareness about the need for foster and adoptive families in our Spanish-speaking communities, highlighting that all children deserve a permanent, loving family and a place to call home.