Participant Stories

Angel

Angel, at age 3, was hyperactive, extremely destructive and highly aggressive when Aviva started working with him and his parents. His parents felt helpless, and couldn’t even take him to the park because of his aggressive behavior towards other children. Angel’s mother was depressed and extremely frustrated with her son because she did not know…

Louisa

Louisa is 17. From the time she was 6 until today, she has lived in 26 different homes – foster homes, group homes, even transitional shelters. She was forced to move frequently because she was hostile, angry and constantly acting out. She only knew physical and emotional abuse from a violent father and a drug-addicted…

Isabella and Micah

Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services removed Isabella, age 3, and her brother Micah, age 5, from their mother’s home earlier this year due to her use of alcohol and drugs. While they had located the grandparents to take the children, there was only room for one child in their studio apartment….

Troy and Roosevelt’s Adoption Story

Several years ago Troy and Roosevelt were ready to pick up a baby they had planned to adopt when they received a call at the last minute that the birth mom had changed her mind. They were devastated.  Then, just three days later, Aviva called asking them to foster. Troy took a deep breath and…