“I don’t really remember being with my parents too much. My Dad was killed when I was 5, and me, my mom and my sister moved in with my aunt. My mom and my aunt were always fighting about mom going out and using. My mom left when I was 7, and my aunt said she couldn’t take care of us any more. We were put in foster care, and my sister went to a different family. I was very sad.”
By 14 Maya had been in 4 different foster homes. She had been sexually abused and started engaging in risky behaviors. She became pregnant at 15 and ran away. Two months later she was placed at Great Expectations.
“It’s hard when you feel like no one cares – that’s how I felt before I got to Great Expectations. But the staff really cares. On Family Days, my counselor and my favorite resident advisor sits in to be my family. I found out a few months ago that my mom died from a drug overdose, but my sister is ok and when I leave here we want to live together. For now, I am really glad to be here – I feel safe. ”
Maya has a healthy baby boy, Jason. But she needs help bonding with him. Maya’s own childhood experiences of parenting are very negative. Through Parent-Infant Mental Health, our clinical team is helping her build a nurturing relationship with Jason, and a healthy attachment that will be the basis of all his future relationships.