Annie came to our shelter desperately looking for help. Two weeks prior, her partner made false allegations about Annie having a substance abuse problem and her 22 month old daughter, Mia, was detained by CPS. Annie was highly traumatized by the separation and worried for her daughters' safety being in the system.
Determined to get her daughter back, Annie found strength and pushed through. Working with our Legal Advocacy Team, she was able to meet all the court's requirements. She participated in therapy, parenting classes, and the Personal Empowerment Program; she maintained employment, as well as secured affordable housing with the support of partner agencies.
As the court proceedings continued, they saw all that Annie had accomplished and that she was 100% substance free. The courts granted her custody back and Allie and Mia were reunited. Annie is forever grateful to have her daughter back and a safe place for them to stay.
She has learned a great deal about herself, why she stayed in an abusive relationship and what her values and needs are moving forward.