When Jocelyn was six, she and her older sister were removed from home because of abuse and severe neglect. A drug-addicted mother and a drug-dealing pimp father were what they knew as family.
The world had always been a scary place for Jose. Leaving home, attending school and other normal daily activities resulted in high anxiety, insomnia and irritable behavior.
When we first met Miles and Latasha, they were scared and homeless, living in a temporary shelter with their mother, who had finally worked up the courage to leave her abusive boyfriend after discovering he was also hitting Miles.
At four years of age, Leo used single words to communicate, engaged in repetitive play, and struggled with eye contact.
At age 14, Maricel has a bright and promising future that includes college, a career as a teacher, and a loving, supportive relationship with her dad and other family members.
Matthias was referred to the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) program when he was 15 years old after assaulting his mother and being placed on probation through the Family Behavioral Health Court.