You’ve helped us become smarter about how to serve these vulnerable kids and deepened our resources for doing so. We know more now about the impact of trauma on a child and the depression, anxiety and behavior problems that often ensue. We know much more about adolescent brain development and about learning disorders. And we still have so much more to learn and document with carefully compiled data. We’re counting on you to stand by these kids as we bridge the gaps between research in what works and what is available.
There is never enough time. These kids and families have urgent needs that require our attention and care. And the systems of care are far from perfect. Often, the role we play is to take a step back and ask why multiple services and systems have not really helped this particular client and their family. You help us uncover the underlying issues, find the right services, bridge the gaps and encourage the various parts of the system to work together better. You help us do all this and more.
You can imagine the sense of urgency that we feel in all our work. These kids don't have tons of time for things to slowly resolve. And you can imagine the remendous sense of satisfaction when we succeed—getting kids the help they need to thrive in school and live in a supportive, loving family. This is what we've done for 40 years—one child, one family at a time. This is what you've helped us do!
Thank you for your steadfast support. We couldn't have done it without you!
With the help of our supporters, we were able to work with these children and families to achieve successful outcomes. We also worked at the state level to improve the laws that impact kids and families and to seek increased funding statewide to better serve them.
You’ll see evidence of our work and children’s success in the pages that follow. Thank you for supporting these life-transforming services.
2012 was also a year of ACS leadership transitions: Lia Poorvu stepped down as President, but remained active on the Board. Fran Miller and Bill Paine became President and Chair respectively. Tom Leggat left his position on the Board and joined the Advisory Council. Dr. Dan Sanford, longtime ACS psychologist, succeeded Dr. David Wilcox as Clinical Director. Many thanks to all whose leadership continues to keep ACS strong.
Thank you for joining in our commitment to bring the very best that we have to offer to kids and families who need it the most.
View the 2012 ACS Year-End Report
You helped us work on the micro level—child by child, parent by parent, family by family. You also helped our work on the macro, policy level—seeking improvement in the laws affecting kids, and seeking increased funding statewide to serve them.
There are holes in the systems of care that children can fall into. And in these stretched-thin times, it can be a struggle to get systems to work together. That’s our job. ACS specializes in finding solutions that fit the shape and size of these kids and families. We tirelessly advocate for them and pursue whatever it takes to connect them with services.
You made it possible! With your support, ACS served hundreds of court-involved kids and families in 2010.
You helped kids suffering from trauma and the struggles of recent immigration achieve success—just read the amazing story of Jimmy. You helped kids who ran away from home, were tru- ant from school, and were so difficult to manage in their homes that their parents were close to despair.
You helped kids with tremendous needs for whom simple so- lutions just didn’t exist. These are the kids we know best—kids whose health insurance doesn’t match the provider system, whose educational needs fall outside the usual school offerings, whose mental health issues are especially challenging.
You helped us advocate on a statewide basis to maintain our funding in the midst of a state fiscal crisis—and pave the way for increases in the future.
You may ask why we keep doing this work year after year. The answer is simple: We do it because we know it makes a difference. We know that if we don’t, these kids miss valuable years, years they can’t make up. And we do it because we know you want to join with us in helping these kids too. As Tom Leggat said in his interview in this report—“we need to save these kids when they flounder!”
We made a difference for kids impacted by trauma, as you’ll read in the story of Cindy and Ellie. And for children strug- gling with mental health issues, as you’ll see in the account of Jake’s success.
Their success, and the success of many youth too numerous to name, depends on our interventions – at a crucial juncture when we could maximize their resilience and sustain their hope. On a daily basis, we were reminded that we can make a difference – by focusing on each kid, one at a time.
From a statewide perspective, we made a difference by working with other Court Clinics to educate our legislators about the complex needs of court-involved youth. We were successful in maintaining our gains from previous years – quite an accomplishment in these challenging economic times!
Ultimately, making a difference in the lives of children and families is what spurs us forward and fuels our passion for this work. We are humbled by the responsibility. We thank each and every one of you for your commitment to ACS.
ACS takes the time to learn the stories of court-involved kids and their families. By working collaboratively with the Juvenile Court, schools, and the community, ACS offers an array of specialized services that no other agency can provide.
ACS clinicians can match youth with services at our clinic and in the community . . . but we can’t do it without you!