Letter from a Patient

When I was in treatment, I acted out of fear–fear of being placed back with my biological family. I struggled a lot in residential treatment and was reluctant to take the help offered.

I remember my teacher telling me, “You are the only one that can make your life better.”

But it wasn’t until I left treatment that I finally understood what she meant. I am now an adult living a wonderful life–working, cooking and managing my money. I run a self-advocacy group which I founded. We give back to the community.

I want to thank that teacher and all the staff who told me I would make it and succeed. They are heroes and because of their faith in me, I have succeeded.

You make such a difference in children’s lives. Thanks to the staff who helped me realize that I had to be the one who wanted to change for the better. Thanks to all the staff for making a difference in every child’s life.

God bless you all.

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