Ms. Smith began SAFS’s Family Preservation program just a few months after having her 16 month old son, Sam returned to her custody. Sam was removed from her care and placed in foster care for approximately 6 months after a domestic violence incident occurred between Ms. Smith and Sam’s father. During the course of her treatment, through Family Preservation at Santa Anita Family Services, Ms. Smith successfully completed a 9 month inpatient substance abuse program, two different parenting classes, attended NA meetings 5 days a week, and completed job club through LA County’s Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) program. This resulted in her receiving full-time employment and individual domestic violence counseling where she continued to maintain sobriety after graduating from her inpatient treatment program.
When Ms. Smith completed her inpatient treatment program she had no housing or furniture to provide a safe and healthy environment for her son, Sam. This would have been an extremely stressful situation if Ms. Smith was not participating in Family Preservation services at Santa Anita Family Service. By communicating her needs to her In-Home Outreach Counselor, the Family Preservation program staff were able to find a rapid re-housing program for Ms. Smith and Sam, and worked with the Department of Children of Family Services to provide Ms. Smith with furnishings for their new home. Because these items were obtained, Ms. Smith was able to purchase a car during the course of treatment, enabling her to seek out more advantageous work opportunities.
Ms. Smith demonstrated tremendous growth throughout the course of her work in SAFS’s Family Preservation program and was able to successfully reunite and bond with her son. Ms. Smith has even expressed new insights related to negative patterns that had once dominated her life. She utilized the resources provided to her and, as a result, her case with the Department of Children and Family Services and the court were closed due to successful completion of all treatment goals.