Success Stories

Letting Their Successes Tell the Story

The true measure of our success lies in the thousands of individual stories from children and families who have overcome painful pasts and built bright futures with our help. Read their stories...

The stories provided about the children and families in our care are real.
In some cases, names may be changed and details altered to protect their privacy and therapeutic interests.

Penelope started dropping in at the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) earlier this year. At nineteen, she had been on her own for some time and was in a dangerous situation.

While Madey was staying safe in our care during a tumultuous period at home, one of the goals she set for herself was to find a job.

When we met Alana a few years ago, she had just found out she was pregnant and didn’t have any adults in her life she could turn to for support.

Now is the time that parents and kids alike are thinking about going back to school. It can be exciting, scary, confusing, cause for worry or joy. But for some kids, who are unable to live at home, it can be a cause to feel more difficult emotions as they see their peers getting ready to learn and they feel left behind.

Serena and her mom Rhonda used to be close, but Rhonda’s substance use over the last few years began to have a significant impact on their relationship.

Julia had come to CEDARS with nothing, so our staff took her to the supply closet to pick out pajamas, underwear and socks. Julia was shocked and excited that someone would offer her these items.

May is National Foster Care Month. One of those youth who has found success through the everyday routines of a nurturing home is Eric.

Tessa was determined to be a good mom. She confided in our staff that she had doubts about raising her baby daughter Reba.

A child’s future is shaped by caring adults. Read how CEDARS foster parents and staff gave Rob the chance to believe in himself.

Trisha is a mother of a growing and curious child. Two years ago she and her son started experiencing homelessness when she made the brave decision to take her son and leave an unsafe living situation.

Before neglect interrupted their young lives, Abbi and Sam had looked forward to the occasions when they would get to visit their grandpa.

Crystal came to CEDARS when chaos interrupted her home life. She needed a safe place to stay and we were happy to provide that to her.

When Samuel was a teenager he came to CEDARS because he had no other safe place to go.

Unfortunately last fall, Lonnie’s living situation became unstable, causing him to miss class and his grades to drop. This instability prompted his school to ask us to give him some one-on-one attention to ensure his success.

Hazel and Leona, sisters only a year apart in age, came to us because their living situation was unsafe.