Trevor, age 15
(Sibling in Children’s Harbor Residential Program)
Trevor, alongside his five siblings, came into the foster care system after suffering egregious physical abuse at the hands of their father. When Trevor found his way to Children’s Harbor, the trauma he had endured left him with emotional and behavioral issues. He struggled to express his feelings of anger, frustration, and fear. Children’s Harbor gave him the stability and unconditional love that he longed for. With the structure provided by a caring House Parent and the understanding of well-trained therapists, Trevor has matured into a respectful young man. Now at age 15, Trevor is getting adopted!! We are thrilled to see him get a second chance at a forever family.
Takisha, age 17
(Teen Mother in Children’s Harbor Residential Program)
“I was a good kid. I got good grades, kept the house clean, and cooked for the family, but no matter what I did, my mother did not love me. One night, she dragged me out of bed because there were dirty dishes in the sink. She beat me and threatened to bury me in the backyard. I ran away the next day. I was 14 years old, homeless, and scared. At age 16, when I found out I was pregnant, I reached out to my mom for help. She told me to get lost.
Coming to Children’s harbor has been an answer to my prayers. Everyone is so nice and they have taught me how to be a good mother. It still hurts that my mother does not want to be in my life or know her granddaughter, but I am giving my daughter the love I never got. I am completing my GED and working part-time to make a better life for us when we leave Children’s Harbor.”
Rosy, age 18
(Former Teen Mother in Children’s Harbor Residential Program)
After living at Children’s Harbor for close to a year, Rose aged out of foster care. At age 18, with a one year old son and no high school diploma, Rose decided to move to Fort Meyers. While this may sound like a recipe for disaster, thanks to the support, nurturing, and guidance of her Children’s Harbor family, Rose beat the odds. Eagerly, she received her high school diploma, and now takes her placement test to attend Edison State College. Her drive to succeed has inspired the peers she left behind.
Anthony, age 17
(Youth in Children’s Harbor Family Strengthening Program)
Anthony, a 17 year old, was failing all his classes, chronically truant, and struggling to manage his anger. After being ejected from the football team, his parents felt overwhelmed by his attitude and behavior, both at home and at school. His high school referred him and his family Children’s Harbor Family Strengthening Program for in-home counseling. By working with the family counselor and learning skills from the Nurturing Parenting curriculum, Anthony and his parents were able to rebuild a trusting relationship. Anthony opened up and told his parents about some of the peer pressure he had been facing at school. The enhanced family communication had a made a huge difference. Anthony is now a straight A student and is back on the football team.
Sara & Todd, ages 15 & 11
(Siblings in Children’s Harbor Residential Program)
“I was born with cerebral palsy. My mother and father were high school sweethearts, but when my father left my mother started drinking. By age 6, I was left alone to care for my 2 year old brother. I had to have several surgeries on my back and legs during that time. My mother was drinking so much that she could not help me, and I remember thinking ‘I have to get out of this wheelchair and walk again because I have to take care of Todd’. I tried to hold things together, but one day it just got to be too much. My teacher asked me why I was crying, I told her about my life, and that night the police took me and my brother away from the house. Coming to Children’s Harbor was a relief. I know my brother and I are safe. I have people who love and care about me, and I don’t have to be the parent. I love it here.”