Latoya Ford lived with seven foster families before finally being adopted at age 7.
Then, when Latoya turned 13, her adoptive mother, an older woman and “the only woman I ever called ‘mom’,” died of cardiac arrest .
After that, it seemed that no one really wanted her.
Fortunately, Latoya found her way to Covenant House, a shelter for teenagers and young adults affiliated with Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York. Finally housed, she also received counseling, support and studied to become a certified nursing assistant. She recently found full-time work at Beth Israel Medical Center and is now rebuilding her life.