Finding Her Voice: One Teen’s Journey
After a long separation, *Jennifer and her mother, Karen*, were now living under the same roof. Jennifer’s mom sensed there was something different about her daughter. Rather than comfort, they felt out of touch with one another. The distance was difficult to name, but it was very real. She worried that she had lost the child she’d nurtured. They came to Children’s Institute for help—and to close a widening gap.
When she arrived at Children’s Institute for specialized teen group therapy, she still wasn’t sure she was ready. While other girls shared their stories, Jennifer held back. Weeks passed before she finally spoke up. “When I spoke, they told me I was strong,” she says. The turning point, she explains, was “finding the words to tell my story.”
With CII’s guidance, Jennifer evolved from wallflower to a leader. Excelling in math, she plans to take advanced-placement courses to prepare for college so she can realize her new dream of becoming an engineer. The help both Jennifer and her mother found at CII has given them hope for the future. “I thought my daughter would never have a chance to move forward,” Karen says. “Now I know she can do anything she wants to do because of what she’s learned at CII.”
I’ve gained confidence because I know I’m not on this journey alone.Jennifer*