Tiffin University student Demetrius Williams recently received the “Rising Up and Moving On” award from Public Children Services Association of Ohio for his accomplishments within the foster care system.
“This was awarded to me for all the accomplishments I’ve made throughout my life within foster care, and giving back to the program that gave me a second chance at life,” said Williams.
Williams, who was born into an underprivileged family to parents who were incapable of taking care of him or his brother, was originally placed in a program known as “Kinship” that allows children to be taken in by other family members instead of being placed directly in the foster care system. After being in several other family members’ homes who eventually realized they too were not financially capable of caring for the brothers, they decided that perhaps foster care would be a better situation.
“I’ve been with my current foster parents for the past seven years,” said Williams. “Throughout my time in foster care, I have been a part of many activities.”
He served as president if the youth advisory board for the last two and a half years. He has helped fellow foster care youth learn how to survive as an adult through an independent living class.
Williams is a thrower on the TU Track and Field team who focuses on hammer and weight throw.
“Demetrius is an outgoing, personable, caring person,” said Assistant Track and Field Coach Raymond Robinson. “He is always doing what he can to help get the best out of his teammates.”