By Alice Kenny
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.