Student Stories

Dreams Can Come True An Adoption Adventure

Edward always dreamed of having a family. He had been in and out of foster care in his short eight years, and never really had a sense of permanency. The traumatic experiences he endured as a young child took a toll on his schoolwork, behavior…

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The Confidence to Reach His Full Potential

Reese was always a sensitive child, even as a baby. He did not like being touched and he hated riding in the car, screaming and kicking in the backseat. By the time he was three years old, his parents knew that his sensitivities were more…

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Helping Children Create a Healthy New Beginning

As a young child, Rowen was exposed to trauma and events that no child should have to see or endure. As a result, Rowen struggled to control her emotions and behaviors because she was never taught how to do so. She had been living in…

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Therapeutic Campus Provides Hope for the Future

Even as a small child, Josh could be extremely aggressive and had difficulty self-managing during many situations. When he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), his parents realized that his school district was not adequately equipped to support Josh’s needs. School administration began requesting…

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The Success of a Special Class of 2018 Graduate

I am so proud of Matthew. In his latest teacher conferences, his high school teachers shared all positive feedback about my son: polite, a role model, a great kid, and a hard worker. These are incredible compliments considering where he was just ten years ago. After struggling…

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The Journey from Uncertainty to Extraordinary

When I take time to reflect on life before Spaulding Youth Center, the word ‘uncertainty’ comes to mind. My husband and I were unsure of what each school day would bring for our son, Joshua. We only knew that life for Josh at school was…

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Community-Based Programs Provide a Safe Harbor

I was never looking to adopt. I had been a foster parent in the past and unfortunately, the experience did not go well. I started to accept that I had become an empty-nester, but something still felt like it was missing. That all changed the…

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Thank You to All the Staff of Spaulding Youth Center

It was August 10, 2004 when we brought Ian to SYC. He’d been at Hampstead Hospital for a period of time and he was pale, lethargic, thin, and (in our opinion), over medicated. Hampstead was a dreary institution and we were so happy he was…

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