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Stories of the families we partner with and their accomplishments are at the heart of our mission and the best way to illustrate our work. We hope these stories of just a handful of our families forging paths to success will inspire you.

 

meet Norland and Jayden

Norland was on the run from the law and a high school dropout when his girlfriend became pregnant. He says he didn’t know how to be a father. "Healthy Families helped me every step along the way. I don’t know where I would be without the program. And, I’m proud to say I’m a great dad now, an upstanding young man, and a model to other young dads." 
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Tae’voahn and Aaliyahmeet Tae’voahn and Aaliyah

Tae’voahn first came to the Children’s Trust’s Healthy Families program while pregnant, after being hospitalized due to domestic violence with her sister. She experienced homelessness and depression. “Without Healthy Families, I would be all over the place.” With Healthy Families, Tae’voahn sought therapy, became a rock for her baby Aaliyah, and found the support she needed to pursue college and a better life for her family.
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Lisa, Carlos, and their childrenmeet Lisa and Carlos

When Lisa and Carlos reached out to the Children’s Trust’s “Valuing Our Children” Family Center, they were hurting. Today, they have created a safe, healthy, and happy home. They have also developed a great support system, which includes staff at the Family Center, and they plan on staying connected to the Family Center programs for as long as possible.
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meet Kim, Tim, Isobelle, and Michelle

Kim says the “Parents ‘R’ Us” program, a parenting education and support group of the Children’s Trust, improved her life as a mother and as a spouse. “My husband and I did not agree on how to parent. We may still disagree about other things. But, thanks to the Children’s Trust group, we’re more unified about how we raise our daughters." 
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meet Todd, Kerry, Caroline, and John

When Todd attended a parent-child playgroup and the room was full of only mothers, he decided to work with the Children’s Trust’s Fatherhood Initiative to reach out to other fathers. Soon, the room was half full of other stay-at-home dads. “Because more fathers joined the playgroup, they feel less stressed and their homes are better places for their children.” 
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meet Jessica and Jordan

Jessica was a single parent to her son Jordan, working and going to school, struggling without a car, childcare, or enough money to pay her bills. Working with her Healthy Families home visitor, she set and achieved some lofty goals. Jessica and Jordan recently graduated from Healthy Families and, according to Jessica, they are “ready to take on the world.”
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meet Jenna, Jose, and Jayden

When she became pregnant at 17, Jenna worried that she didn’t know how to be a good parent because her mother died when Jenna was a young girl. “Healthy Families helped me become the nurturing mother that I always wished I would be. My home visitor taught me how to care for my baby and how to set and achieve my goals, so my life did not go off track.”
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meet Glenny and Damien

When she arrived in the United States with her young son Damien, Glenny says she felt stressed, disoriented, helpless, and confused. "I was struggling alone and didn't even know what kind of help I needed." She found the help she needed through a parents group funded by the Children's Trust. “Without the understanding and faith that the group gave me...I am really not sure where my son and I would be today.” 
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