These profiles were provided by KidsPeace Social Workers based upon traits and circumstances seen often in foster care.
Tonya* is 16 years old and will be going into the 10th grade next year. She dreams of becoming a nurse one day.
When meeting this sweet, bright, talkative young lady, one would never guess that she experienced terrible abuse in unimaginable ways until the age of 10. Although memories of that abuse come back and bother her sometimes, she gets through it with the help of her counselor.
Now, the only remaining connection she has to her original family is with her sister. That connection is so strong that Tonya has been known to leave her foster home without permission to visit her. Tonya now knows that leaving without permission is not a good idea. It helps her to know that KidsPeace understands her desire to keep that relationship strong, and her treatment team views it as an important part of helping Tonya to become more resilient.
The plan that KidsPeace would create for Tonya would build on her protective factors, such as her likeable nature and intelligence and it would assure that her clinical needs are met in order to deal with the memories of the abuse she suffered.
Tonya hopes she can become part of a loving family that will guide her through the rest of her teenage years and will help her to continue to blossom into the lovely young lady she is becoming.
Hi my name is Billy*. I came to KidsPeace when I was 15 years old, I was on probation, my family had pretty much abandoned me, and I was angry!!! KidsPeace placed me in a loving foster home, where for the first time in a long time, I felt like part of a family.
I certainly had my stuggles during my placement. I was ordered to do some community service, but while I was doing community service I stole money from people. I felt like there were times when no one cared about me, and I often relied on cutting myself as a means to feel physical pain instead of having my heart hurt.
Where would I be without my KidsPeace foster family, caseworker, and mobile therapist? The answer is I would most likely be in jail, on drugs, or possibly dead. Instead, I ended up graduating from high school, tried to go to college, and am currently working full-time. KidsPeace helped me build the necessary skills to get my life on track! Now, is my life perfect? The answer is no, I still have struggles, but I am not on drugs, not in jail, I am alive, and I am working!
*Tonya and Billy represent no particular child(ren) but instead are composites of countless children cared for by KidsPeace. Tonya and Billy are fictional, but their struggles, circumstances, and successes are real and typical of many children in the care of KidsPeace.