Shifting Gears

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for many teenagers, a major step toward self-sufficiency. The girls at Ashley House, our Transitional Living program in Springfield, are as eager as any teenager to reach this milestone. When all ten residents wanted to take the written test for a driving permit, the staff recommended forming a (Read More…)

Teen Finds Forever Home

Reggie was four years old when the police removed him from his birth family. Because his mother was mentally ill and physically abusive, and his father was using drugs, Reggie entered the foster care system. For five years, as he moved between foster homes, he showed signs of developmental delays and a learning disability. He  was (Read More…)

Finding Hope at 19

 For most of her childhood, Lena wanted to die. As the eldest child in her family, she received the brunt of emotional and physical abuse from her mother. “The older I got,” Lena explains, “the meaner my mother got. She was aggressive towards me both physically and mentally. Then when I was 13, she stood by (Read More…)

Small Changes, Big Results

Clarita came to us feeling very stressed. “I was thinking bills, bills, bills, do this, do that,” she shared. “I was always on edge. On top of that, both of my girls were struggling in school and I didn’t know how to help them.” Clarita felt she was copying bad habits from her own upbringing, (Read More…)

Children Can Recover From Trauma (video)

A baby born with addiction. A middle-schooler headed for Juvenile Detention. A teenager aging out of foster care. How do children recover from trauma? Our 2016 video introduces these and other children who have survived devastating losses. This heartwarming three-minute preview tells their success stories. The full-length video, 11 minutes, is available upon request for group presentations.

Therapeutic Mentoring Cultivates Breakthroughs

by Therapeutic Mentor David Hermanson “I first met with Peter about one year ago. He was a 17-year-old young man living with his mother and father. When I walked into their house for the first time and sat down with Peter and his mother, he seemed very nervous and was rocking back and forth.  His mother told (Read More…)

A Happy Home for Six Siblings

Not long ago, our Foster Care Case Management team was given the tremendous task of managing foster care for six brothers and sisters ranging in age from 3 – 12 years old. The children were no strangers to abuse and neglect after growing up in a family riddled with domestic abuse, a history of violence, (Read More…)

Zach’s Story

When he first met with the Family Solutions for Kids team, Zach was a shy, angry high school freshman. He suffered from crippling anxiety and had missed a lot of school because of it. His anxiety was intense. He didn’t want to leave his home for fear he would be bullied or teased in some (Read More…)

Keith’s Story

Keith came into State custody as a four-year-old. He was severely neglected and abused as a child, and had suffered from complicated medical issues due to his mother’s drug use while she was pregnant. Keith bounced from foster home to foster home, residential care settings and hospitals for many years before coming to a very (Read More…)

Wanda’s Story

When Wanda moved into one of our Transitional Living facilities last year, she was feeling a little lost. She was doing well in the culinary arts program at a nearby junior college and she longed for independence, but there was a lot to learn. Most teenagers’ parents teach them the life skills that pave the (Read More…)