prevent child abuse america responds to the new yorker
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.
“It was hard because I lost my mother when I was 6 years old, so I wasn’t quite sure how to be a mother.”
Jenna and her boyfriend, Jose, met weekly with a home visitor from Healthy Families, a Children’s Trust program. The couple received parenting information and support, including information on how to help their baby grow and thrive through different stages of development. They also received support that allowed them to meet their personal goals.
Their son Jayden was born into a loving, happy home and is flourishing. Jenna graduated high school, works as a certified nursing assistant, and is enrolled in a community college where she is studying to be a respiratory therapist. Jose works at a local print shop and arranges donations from his employer to the Healthy Families program.
“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,” says Jenna.