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A Young Family's Story

Having nowhere to live, no one to turn to, is devastating. If you are a single mom, responsible for three children under the age of nine; two with ADD and one who is Autistic, you become paralyzed and unable to function. That is where Kim was when she arrived at Opportunity Place, Inc.

Single parenting, in the best of circumstance, is challenging. Kim's circumstances were far from perfect. After meeting their immediate needs, a multi-tiered approach was taken to help the family. Staff helped Kim apply for benefits, find employment and worked with her on parenting skills. Kim learned how to help her children make appropriate choices and find alternatives to aggressive behavior. Something she herself had never learned or practiced. When Zoe, the oldest daughter arrived, she would act out, get aggressive, or would shut down. Her moods were unpredictable; her reactions severe. Similar behavioral patterns were common for Zoe's sister, Madison. Supervised play time with other children in a controlled environment at the Shelter and behavioral counseling offsite provided Zoe and Madison a safe place to learn interpersonal skills and work through their feelings. By the end of the summer both girls were ready to start school with new outfits, school supplies and smiles on their faces.

Andrew, Kim's only son, struggled the most. Initially, he did not live with his mother and sisters. Kim did not have the capacity to take care of him. Her circumstances and his Autism kept her paralyzed. As a result, Dakota lived with a distant relative. He felt abandoned. Recognizing the challenges that faced Andrew, the case worker engaged him in simple acts, such as playing video games. The games allowed the two to bond and build trust during the counseling sessions. Interacting through games also provided a distraction for Andrew. He would let his guard down and learned to talk through his feelings.

All of the children received extensive one-on-one and behavioral counseling, tutoring and opportunities to make friends with other children in similar situations as theirs. Today, the mother is working full time. Her daughters are doing well in school and it is our understanding that Dakota will soon be fully reunited with his family.
 

 


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