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 mother. Louisa didn’t care about school, others, herself or her future. When Department of Mental Health paired her with Aviva’s Wraparound Services, she finally began to learn how to cope with her anger and control her aggressive behavior. Within a year, Louisa discovered how to communicate – with her peers and adults. Now, living with a foster family who makes her feel secure, Louisa is finally allowing herself to think about her future.