The foster teens we serve in ACH’s Residential Treatment Center (RTC) have survived significant losses and traumas, including abuse and neglect throughout their childhoods. High school graduation is a much bigger cause for celebration here. One special graduate, Jordan*, made this happen along her way to healing. Not only did she graduate from high school, but the RTC as well.
ACH’S RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT CENTER (RTC) HELPS VULNERABLE YOUTH, AGES 13-17, IN THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM WHO NEED TIME AWAY FROM HOME TO HEAL FROM TRAUMA AND REBUILD TRUST IN ADULTS.
The Strength of Building Healthy Relationships
When 17-year-old Jordan came to the RTC about nine months ago, she was dealing with trauma from a bad relationship with her biological family and an abusive relationship while living with a foster family. Jordan received therapeutic care to deal with her past trauma and develop skills to manage her emotions. With the help of RTC staff, Jordan was even able to build a healthy relationship with her mother— something unimaginable to her when she started treatment. Her experience was so positive that when ACH found her a foster family that fit her needs, Jordan instead decided to stay on at the RTC until she graduated from high school.
On her path to healing, Jordan developed strong connections with the RTC staff: a big step for her because it meant she was able to trust adults again. She said one of her favorite memories with them is stopping at Buc-ee’s and different restaurants during a trip with the Treatment Director to visit her family.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go
Last month our staff threw her a graduation party to honor her accomplishments—and her teacher and mother were both able to join virtually! ACH CEO Wayne Carson gifted her a copy of Dr. Seuss’s “Oh, The Places You'll Go!” signed by him, our COO, and RTC staff.
A few days after, she got to go home with her mother, whom she’ll live with while attending college in the fall.
Jordan has a promising future ahead of her, with valuable skills and healing she received at ACH that will help her into adulthood. We are so excited to see all that she continues to accomplish.
Congratulations Jordan—we wish you a lifetime of success!
The RTC was there for Jordan even though it is not yet fully funded. Because ACH knew the most vulnerable youth in the foster care system couldn’t wait for specialized care, the RTC opened before all the funds were raised for the new facility.
Help make more dreams come true by contacting ACH Director of Donor Relations Kristie Gibson at Kristie.Gibson@ACHservices.org.
*Name changed for privacy.