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...

Daniel: Addressing Trauma

"The ACS clinician recommended that Daniel be placed in a specialized residential program where he could receive trauma-informed treatment while developing the coping skills he would need to begin to function more independently."

Daniel is one of the many young people ACS has served. His experience is just one example of the relationship between childhood trauma and future court-involvement. Daniel was eight years old when he witnessed his mother die in a...

Aisha: Sharing Experiences

"ACS helped Aisha to find her voice and a positive path toward a promising future."

Aisha* has had a difficult relationship with her mother, Sandra*. Sandra’s boyfriend had been verbally and physically abusive to Aisha and Aisha felt that her mother put her relationships with men before her well-being. Aisha also felt overwhelmed and...

Riley: Trauma-Informed Recommendations

"Riley is now developing a greater sense of confidence and independence."

Riley* had endured years of abuse as a child. At the age of 10, she was permanently removed from her family’s custody and placed in a residential facility for children. Having been the victim of abuse for so many...

Emma: More Than An Evaluation

"With the collaboration of Emma’s DCF case worker, the ACS clinician advocated strongly for Emma to be placed in a long-term, specialized residential facility. This therapeutic setting would provide the stability and support she so desperately needed to begin to heal and make meaningful progress toward her recovery."

The story of one young woman and her family helps illustrate the overlap between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Emma’s mother was the victim of childhood abuse and neglect. At the age of fifteen, she was forced...

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...