Six months after she arrived, Joyce ran through the halls of the Administration Building, her feet pounding against the tile like any happy six-year-old. She couldn’t wait to tell everyone that she was going to a foster family. She was going to have a home of her own. Since her case was marked for permanent placement, in time we hope her foster family pursues adoption.
For the children that live at the Childhelp Merv Griffin Village, “childhood” doesn’t have the same meaning. Our children have lived their short lives on a battlefield, where the people who were supposed to protect them are both their enemy and their only source to obtain the things they need for survival. The effects can be devastating, but the tools they learn at Childhelp can stop the cycle and give them a much better chance at life.
Compared to her cottage peers, Sarah was an angel. She didn’t participate in the fights that others tried to start, she wanted to follow the rules, and she rarely generated any problems outside of her self-injurious coping techniques. Her therapist, Danielle, worked with her every day, helping her to learn to incorporate what had happened to her into who she was without allowing it to define her. She had to learn that running from the past only made it louder.