Malena Vega’s Success

Before my life changed for the better I was in and out of treatment facilities, juvenile detention places and foster homes for no longer than a couple of months. I had anger problems and trust issues. I was diagnosed with ADD, Anxiety and Depression and I took a few different medications for these.

My first day at the group home was not the best first impression. I had a bad attitude and did not care. It took me awhile to get used to people really caring about me and my life choices. I really connected to a couple of the staff, Amanda and Dani, and they showed me that you don’t need to be in a house with your biological family to be loved and cared for as much as they cared for me.

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Megan’s Success

Megan is now 17 years old. She was just 3 years old when she was removed from her mother’s care due to reports of neglect and abuse. Then she was adopted, and lived with her adoptive family until she was 8 years old. Sadly, she was removed from the adoptive home because of neglect and physical abuse that were so severe that she still experiences nightmares and flashbacks about it. After such severely traumatic relationships with adults, Megan began to doubt that she could trust any parental figures. In only six years, between 2007 and 2013, she had to leave a total of 13 placements before entering the Family Solutions Girls Group Home in July of 2013.

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Maria’s Internship

It is hard to talk about growth and experience without discussing my early life as well. I was the second oldest child in my family to pursue a college degree. My father passed away when I was very young, and my mother had a difficult time raising four children by herself. Consequently, I went to live with my aunt from the age of three until I was thirteen. When I did see my mother, I often remember her helping friends and family with difficult problems. She has a generous personality and I look up to her as a shining example for me to emulate.

When I started my internship at Family Solutions, part of my learning objective was to observe the client’s transitions at the house, learn the intake process, the service plans, and medications. Later on I learned therapeutic boundaries, and I have had the opportunity to do individual counseling with some of the girls at the group home as well.

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Sarah’s Success

When I first came to the group home, I was young and didn’t have much confidence in myself or other people. I had lost hope and I was full of anger and didn’t know how to go about dealing with these feelings properly.

The staff members of the Family Solutions Girls Group Home helped me realize my potential and supported me through getting my schooling finished. They were patient, even though I didn’t make it easy! They encouraged me to learn life skills that would help me for when I turned 18 and would leave the program. I left for school off campus by myself and came back on my own as well. The level of trust they gave me made me feel more confident in my ability to be self-sufficient. It also gave me a new level of confidence. They helped open doors and helped me find opportunities to better myself.

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