Maria & Jose
Maria, a young mother struggling with substance abuse, came to CFCS after losing custody of her 5-year-old son Jose. After successfully completing treatment, Maria was determined to get her son back. At that point, Maria entered our Family Support & Stabilization program.
Maria had a difficult relationship with Jose's temporary guardian, another family member, and they were unable to manage communication or visitation in a healthy way. CFCS facilitated weekly 2-hour supervised visits to help address this issue and reconnect Maria and Jose. Both she and Jose talked about being nervous and not knowing what to say to each other as it had been a while. Our case workers provided a safe and neutral environment for all family members to reintegrate Maria into Jose's life.
After 2 months of visitation, Maria was granted unsupervised visits. In addition, Maria voluntarily chose to participate in the Parenting Journey at the center. This provided her with 3 months of parenting classes and support as she started to have weekend and overnight visits with her son. This also allowed Jose’s guardian to know that the center staff would still be a support for Maria as she became more comfortable with having unsupervised visitation. Both Maria and Jose’s guardian expressed the progress that not only Maria made in her relationship with her son, but in their ability to work together for his best interest. They now communicate appropriately and support each other, as well as Jose. Maria felt that the visitation center increased her ability to help her stay calm and focused in order to get her son back in her life.