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Growing Up in Foster Care, Amesbury Woman Now Giving Back to Community


"Starting when she was 6 years old, Regina Serverius, like many other children in the care of the Department of Children and Families, spent her childhood bouncing in and out of foster homes across the Merrimack Valley.

Now raising a family of her own, Serverius, 26, continues to share her experiences in the foster care system with those in similar situations. After drifting in and out of homes and giving birth as a teenager, she finally was able to finish school and build her career helping people navigate the challenges life throws their way.

Serverius credits her success to the Healthy Families program in Massachusetts, which is overseen by the Children’s Trust. Healthy Families, which served 46 percent of newly eligible families in the state in 2018, helps young parents learn to cope with the difficulties of parenting through in-home visits and supportive services. The organization also helps at-risk parents, like Serverius, become successful parents, keeping children out of foster care and stopping the cycle of child abuse and neglect."

Read the full article at the Daily News Newburyport.