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Quinceañera Dreams Come True for 6 Girls in Foster Care

The Short of It

A quinceañera, or celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, is a rite of passage for many Latin American teens. It involves a big party with family and friends, music, dancing and food, similar to a Sweet 16 party. But for teens in foster care, a celebration like this often seems out of reach.

The Lowdown

The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Quinceanera.com picked six girls in foster care to celebrate their big days on Saturday, March 28, at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Los Angeles. The teens enjoyed yummy food and entertainment from a DJ. Local vendors, entertainers, foster family members and more livened up the festivities.

"I feel excited and inspired," said one honoree, María Jimenez, in a press release.

Another honoree said, "I never imagined something like this. It's a thrill. I am thankful for the privilege of being able to host my quinceañera with the help of the foster care system. It has given me many opportunities."

The girls are shown in this image, from left to right: Angel Domínguez, Fernanda Juarez, Sienni Puentes, María Jimenez, Jennifer Rivas and Crystal Ramirez.

The Upshot

This type of party is just one example of things so many of us take for granted in our lives. But not all kids get to enjoy blow-out birthday parties and big family celebrations. Kudos to Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services and Quinceanera.com for giving these girls a night they will never forget. Hopefully, the experience will inspire them to hold their heads up high and feel excited about their futures.

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