Short Stories – Meet Our Kids
Each Short Story about our Kids Brings Hope
Read short stories about a few of our kids who are victims of abuse or neglect but are now making progress toward becoming functioning members of society.
Michael’s Short Story
Meet Michael. He looks like your average 12-year-old on the outside – baggy pants, shirt too large, baseball cap turned backward. But on the inside……he is tormented, bursting with fury, and totally confused. His father left when he was born, and his mother turned to drugs and alcohol to cope with her three children (all from different fathers). Michael is the target of bullies at school because of his teeth. The bullies call him, “Cave Man.” His mother promised over and over to get them fixed, but something always “comes up.” Michael knew his mother was spending all the family’s money on drugs. When Children Services finally intervened, Michael was separated from his siblings and placed in a foster home with Mr. & Mrs. Marks. His behavior worsened. His grades fell. The bullying grew worse. Michael was considering suicide.
The Marks weren’t quite prepared for all of Michael’s problems, but the foster parents decided that the one thing they could do was fix Michael’s teeth. It took months to get a dentist appointment with a Medicaid dentist, but the dentist was thorough and kind. When Mr. Marks explained that Michael was a foster child, the dentist even reduced the estimate on the repair. When the Marks called Medicaid to see how much the procedure would be covered, the bill would be $800 more than the Medicaid payment. Mr. and Mrs. Marks couldn’t see how they would be able to disappoint Michael AGAIN, but $800 was beyond their means.
Small Changes and Big Gains
The case manager assigned to Michael contacted Child Guardians, and within 8 days, the dentist had a check for the balance of the bill. After 16 hours of dental work, Michael looked like a new person. Over the next few months, with encouragement from the Marks and his teachers, Michael started to gain self-respect. His thoughts of suicide receded. His behavior and grades improved. Michael’s world is not perfect, but he knows that there are people in his life that care.
- The all-volunteer Child Guardians Board of Directors works with One Child Each Time. We have been working with the “Michaels” of our community for 30 years.
Lillie’s Short Story
Meet Lillie. A 2-year female toddler, Lillie, was permanently handicapped when her mother’s boyfriend dropped her on her head. The physical therapists working with Lillie report to Lillie’s social worker that she needs an additional strap for a piece of adaptive equipment designed to help her move around. Medicaid does not cover the cost of the strap. Child Guardians steps in to pay for the strap. Lillie is now trying her hardest to keep up with her peers in the playroom. There are many needs that Medicaid-eligible children have that are not covered by Medicaid or any other funding source. That’s where Child Guardians can step in and make a difference!
- * That’s where Child Guardians can step in for our kids and meet the needs that
other programs do not cover!
Sara’s Short Story
Meet Sarah. Her parents abandoned her at the age of 12. Sarah, now a 17-year-old female attending a local high school as a junior. She has moved through 8 foster homes in 5 years. Sara is behind in school, but making a strong effort to catch up by taking online courses at school. She is trying to earn enough credits in time to graduate. Sarah’s guidance counselor puts together a plan that should ensure a graduation with her peers, but Sarah needs to put in more time at home. The current foster home placement with the Smiths is going well, but the Smiths are older and do not have Internet access. Child Guardians steps in to purchase a laptop computer for Sarah’s personal use. The Smiths agree to fund the Internet service. Sarah graduates on time and is even considering technical training.
*Child Guardians work with Our Kids at the rate of one each time – to identify and meet individual needs.
Jason & Susan’s Short Story
Meet Jason and Susan. A foster family, Mr. & Mrs. Tanner, and their teenage daughter want to adopt two of their foster children: Jason (age 10), and Susan (age 8), but they have one bedroom to spare. The case manager for the children, Andrea, contacts Child Guardians to see if the non-profit will partner with two other community organizations to fund a renovation in the house. The renovation will allow the children to have their own bedrooms. The collaboration is successful, the home meets approval, and the children now have a “forever home.”
*Child Guardians collaborates with other community agencies to meet the needs of individual children.
about Dealing with the Anger of Abuse & Neglect
Read what funding dance lessons for a child that was abused means to a young girl…in her own words. Can you imagine how dance makes her feel?
*Child Guardians works with Case Managers and Foster Families to Identify and Fund Social, Emotional, and Physical Needs.