Stephanie, 16

Stephanie, 16 picture

As a young child, Stephanie was the victim of significant abuse and neglect at the hands of her caregivers. She was eventually removed from her home by social services and placed in foster care. Stephanie went on to experience a series of 13 foster placements before finally being adopted by a caring family.


While Stephanie had found a loving and supportive home with her new family, the trauma she had endured throughout her childhood manifested in serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. Stephanie’s outbursts were frequent and, at times, violent. Her family was concerned they may be unable to keep her safe in their home.


Stephanie’s ACS clinician recognized these symptoms. She educated Stephanie’s family about the impact of trauma and the importance of accessing specialized mental health care as soon as possible. For almost a year, Stephanie’s ACS clinician worked with the family and advocated tirelessly to ensure that the right mental health services were in place. “There was no way I was going to stop helping this family. Not until they had the support they deserved,” she stated. Finally, with the right supports in place, Stephanie’s symptoms stabilized. She was able to safely remain in her home with her family.


“We cannot thank you enough for all you have done and are doing to keep Stephanie with us.” Stephanie’s mom sent that message to ACS along with a photo of Stephanie smiling at her summer job. A milestone worthy of celebration.


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