Six District women who graduated from the D.C. Superior Family Treatment Court’s treatment program wore caps and gowns Friday in an effort to retain custody of their children.

It was the 10th anniversary of a program that allows women accused of child neglect to attend as much as 18 months’ worth of parenting and drug counseling sessions.

The program was created help prevent moms from being permanently removed from their children’s care.

Cheering family members filled the jury lounge for the two-hour ceremony that featured cake and punch and speeches by Superior Court judges. Presiding Family Court Judge Zoe Bush and former Family Court presiding judge Anita Josey-Herring each congratulated the participants for completing the program.