I grew up in the foster care system, and by my mid-20’s, I had four children of my own. My life was never stable, and I started using drugs. I got sent to jail, and I lost my parental rights while I was locked up. When I got out, I found that the process of regaining custody of my children was even more difficult and painful than being incarcerated. In WPA, I had a coach and partner for the journey to reunify with my children. I moved into the Sarah Powell Huntington House [WPA’s transitional residence for women reunifying with their children] and in less than a year, I won full custody of my children. I was so happy to have my children back, but being together was not easy. My children had been in foster care for two years; they were angry and hurt. WPA helped us to heal and to build a new, strong family bond. In 2006, I earned my BA in Social Science and am currently pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health. I am most proud that all of my children are attending college. My journey to sobriety and parenting was tough, and WPA was there to assist me every step of the way.
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