Gerardo had been forced to be a warrior, facing violence every day at the hands of the person who was supposed to protect him. Despite this example, Gerardo learned to be his brother’s protector, and he bore the battle scars that came with his role. Rather than spending his life at war, Gerardo learned that he didn’t have to fight. Thanks to his time with Childhelp, he knows he’s safe.
Childhelp is the only program in Southern California that has a specialized cottage for children who are sexually acting out but who have not yet crossed the line to become perpetrators themselves. We are the last stop before a child ends up with a criminal record as a sexual offender.
Six months after she arrived, Joyce ran through the halls of the Administration Building, her feet pounding against the tile like any happy six-year-old. She couldn’t wait to tell everyone that she was going to a foster family. She was going to have a home of her own. Since her case was marked for permanent placement, in time we hope her foster family pursues adoption.