Still feeling that pressure that we are doing everything we can, but there is still issues. Yet, academically, he is doing well at school. There was a part of me that was so angry because of all the professionals we had seen. Why hadn’t anyone suggested it. Why didn’t I know?
We talk about how things escalated to the point where there was involvement with the juvenile justice system, placement in a therapeutic day school and residential treatment, as well as:
It is a challenge because some places will be, oh you are a parent, with knowledge, we totally welcome that. I think my background as a professional gets me in the door, but I always say, I’m presenting as a parent because I didn’t learn this as a professional.
We also talk about her growth in parenting from afar, taking care of herself and her thoughts about the future. Michelle has gained so much confidence she now advocates with various systems: justice, education, government, mental health and with a family advisory committee.
While each journey is unique, you will be inspired to hear how she went from being unsure about joining our Caregiver Kickstart Coaching Program 18 months ago to having her Congresswoman phoning her about FASD!
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