BULVERDE – They’ve been shuffled around foster care homes and centers — some while pregnant or caring for children. People told them the odds were not in their favor, yet five teens and young adults are now high school graduates looking toward bright futures.
"People doubted me. 'You're not going to make it. You're going to drop out.' I had to remember it's not about what people think. It's about how it's going to affect my life and my son's life. What's going to be better for our future?" said Ti'aysia Warren, 20.
That inspiring attitude is what led Warren to her high school diploma.
"I had to say a speech for the whole class, and it was fun. We took pictures. I got to take pictures with my son," she said.
Three years ago, she was pregnant with her son and moved to SJRC Texas, a foster care facility formerly called St. Jude's Ranch for Children.
The New Braunfels campus is specifically for foster girls who are pregnant and parenting.
Natalya Davis, 18, also lives at the campus with her 2-year-old son. She just graduated alongside Warren and three other girls, making up the SJRC charter school's first-ever graduating class.
Emotional, inspiring graduation for foster students, young moms living at SJRC Texas