Brooklyn, 5, drew a picture at school when she was asked to draw her family. When asked about it, she said that the house was on fire. The teacher, concerned, called a school social worker, and it was discovered that Brooklyn’s stepmother had burned her. Brooklyn was immediately removed from her home with her 5 siblings, all of whom showed signs of abuse. The children, two of whom are medically fragile, were placed in foster care – and then, an aunt and uncle arrived and wanted to help. The Caregiver Advocacy Program and Education Program worked together to get the children the safety and stability they needed – now, all six children live with their aunt and uncle and are growing and learning.
*Name and story has been modified to protect the identity of the child