Project HELP’s Community Counselor recently worked with a family that had many layers of developmental issues. The in-home visits by Project HELP were very important in discovering the needs of the five-year-old child. Upon entering the home, it was apparent that the boy, Josh*, was socially and emotionally deprived and spent his days sitting in a room. Josh did not have an opportunity to use his gross motor skills and appeared to be malnourished. During one of the first visits, Josh’s mom, Andrea*, asked for information on providing a padded room for her son.
Josh was admitted to a feeding clinic at the hospital and, due to DCFS intervention, was not returned to the home. Project HELP continued its weekly visits and conversations with Andrea, and it became apparent there was more to this family situation that you might discover on the surface. Two other children had already been removed from the home and they were living with other family members. DCFS, Project HELP and a court-appointed guardian worked together to ensure that Josh was placed with his siblings in another family member’s home. After being removed from his mother’s home, Josh started to thrive! This summer, Josh will be taking swimming lessons and continues to develop and learn like a five-year-old should.
Sometimes it takes seeing a situation with your own eyes and talking one-on-one with parents to fully understand a situation. Unfortunately, not all parents will tell you the truth. But by seeing other things that contradict what you are being told, you can you discover that there is something wrong. Andrea may not have been providing the nurturing home that she should, but another family member can. When Josh was finally removed, the family member that has been providing his care asked, “What took so long?”
On a daily basis Project HELP strives to prevent child abuse, empower parents, nurture families and strengthen the community. Our mission is that all children have a parent that has the skills to be able to act as a parent.
Thank you for your help in continuing to support our mission of empowering parents, nurturing families and strengthening communities.
*names are changed to provide confidentiality to our families