When Rachel was referred to Center for Children and Families, it was not only a second chance, but quite possibly, the last chance to achieve reunification with her little girl. Rachel had been struggling with her addiction for years.
Her little girl had been exposed, from conception, to substances. Even pregnancy could not move her to stop using. Rachel recognized that she desperately wanted to lovingly, responsibly parent her baby girl. Times were especially difficult for Rachel because of the realization that her addiction had so profoundly affected her daughter, both physically, in the womb, and emotionally, as she was not always physically or emotionally attentive to the baby when she was deep in her addiction.
There was the legal involvement of Child Protective Services and the determination that she could not, in her current state, adequately parent her baby. The baby was taken away to foster care; they were separated at such a critical developmental time for the baby and for their relationship. There were, clearly, deep emotional issues that needed to be addressed. There was substance abuse treatment that needed to be completed. There were issues of parenting that needed to be resolved. There were still more issues, legal, financial, housing, employment…
Through involvement with a family drug court and subsequently, voluntarily entering the Center for Children and Families, Rachel made the commitment to clean up her life to save the relationship with her now, toddler.
The fact that Rachel was able to be reunited with her daughter in the Center for Children and Families 24 hour supervised home meant that they were able to live together and rebuilt their bond – something that may never have happened if Rachel would have chosen to work out her troubles without drug court and Center for Children and Families.
There is much more to Rachel and her little one’s story…but for now…you should know…
Rachel and her daughter are now living sober, healthy, loving, independent lives…together in their own apartment! They now have lifetime, ongoing access to support for any of their needs through Center for Children and Families.
A mommy and her little girl put back together through the supportive efforts of Center for Children and Families staff, collaborating agencies, volunteers and certainly…Rachel’s deep commitment to her daughter. It wasn’t easy. It was hard work. But it was worth it, Rachel would say, to go through the challenges…to be lovingly reunited with her little one!
(*Names have been changed for privacy)