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Foster children given special virtual graduation open house

In the fall, most of the graduates plan to attend college or enter the workforce or military.
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Colts mascot Blue congratulating a group of foster children on a virtual graduation open house.

INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-two high school seniors in foster care got a special, virtual graduation ceremony this week. It was hosted by the Department of Child Services, the Indianapolis Colts and Cargo Services Inc.

The graduates got to hear well-wishes from Gov. Eric Holcomb, Colts players and Colts mascot Blue.

“Every time that you think that it is getting hard, and you think that you’re not going to push through … you’ve done it before,” said Colts GM Chris Ballard. “As hard as it’s been, you should be very proud of the accomplishments and what you’re going to do going forward.”

The graduates also received pizza and gifts to their homes.

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In the fall, most of the graduates plan to attend college or enter the workforce or military.

Teens aging out of foster care are eligible for older youth services, including financial assistance, resources and mentoring.