Voices

Dylan: Overcoming Obstacles

Dylan had to overcome multiple obstacles in order to access the care he needed. His ACS clinician was with him every step of the way.

Dylan’s* mother Sarah*, turned to the juvenile justice system as a last resort when her son’s behaviors became dangerous, and she feared she could no longer keep him safe. When Dylan arrived in court, the Judge ordered an Emergency...

Chloe: Finding Her Voice

It will continue to take time, but Chloe is clearly on a positive path forward.

Chloe* was 15 years old when she was referred to ACS through the Juvenile Diversion program. She had been charged with Assault and Battery after an argument with a peer escalated to a physical fight. Engaging in mental health...

Analisa: Transforming Conflict into Understanding

Analisa remains at home with her mother, where they continue to build on their progress.

Analisa* is a 14-year-old young woman who became involved with the District Attorney’s Diversion program. Her charge was domestic assault and battery, the result of a physical altercation between Analisa and her mother, Elena. Analisa was functioning well in...

Jacob: Not Always As It Appears

With a better understanding of his needs, there is reason to hope that Jacob will be feeling better soon.

In many ways, Jacob* is your typical 11-year-old-boy. He is artistic, tech savvy, and enjoys school. His teachers describe him as engaging and cooperative, but that’s only when he can stay awake in class. Despite his interest in school,...

Jessie: Understanding Herself

Jessie is getting the support she needs to begin to build her self-confidence.

Jessie* juggles the multiple roles that define her: teenager, adopted from a foreign country, child of divorce, and transgender. Her life began in a Romanian hospital. Jessie was later placed in an orphanage. By the time she was adopted...

Ryan: Driving Through Chaos

Ryan now has a larger team supporting him and rooting for his continued success.

Ryan* was raised amidst the chaos and violence that seemed to follow his mother, Cheryl*. The men in their lives had been abusive and Cheryl was hospitalized more than once with severe injuries. They’d had to move around a...

Jayla: Finding Home

Jayla is moving in a positive direction, which is reason to celebrate.

Jayla* spent a lot of time on her own as a young child. Her father was incarcerated, and her mother, Maria*, had to work nights. Frequently, Jayla would phone her aunt, who would talk her through making a simple...