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Yesenia and Carla: A Quinceanera Wish For A Forever Home

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This week on Wednesday's Child, we watch as a community of caring individuals and businesses come together in support of two sisters in foster care to help turn back the hands of time and give older sister Yesenia (1997) a Quinceañera. And serving as the dama was younger sister Carla (2000).

The day started off with an early morning call-time for hair and makeup services for both sisters, and then Yesenia slipped into her red quinceañera gown and Carla into her white dama dress before heading off to a photo session. They went on to make a grand entrance at the reception where our community of Wednesday's Child partners and friends gathered to serve as surrogate family for Yesenia.

Yesenia and Carla have a very tight bond and both have high aspirations for themselves. Yesenia recalls being bitten by a scorpion when she was a little girl and surviving the experience with the help and compassion of doctors and now hopes to be a physician some
day and similarly help others. Carla also wants to be in the medical field but, with her love for animals, she hopes to some day be a veterinarian. In the here and now though, these two sisters want to be part of a permanent and loving family and to know that – even when they go off possibly to separate colleges – that they share a place to come home to and can say "Hi mom and dad, I'm home."

Having a permanent family to call your own may seem like a simple wish, but it can sometimes be difficult to attain when you're an older child in foster care. Keeping with Quinceañera tradition, Yesenia's cake displayed a "15" even though she's already 16 as our version of this rite of passage caught up with her. As Yesenia's quinceañera cake was cut and shared, we reaffirmed our wish – that before Carla turns 15, they will have their own forever family with whom to celebrate.

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