Inspiring Stories

Meet Claudia

Independent Living

Claudia was born in Peru, but she and her family fled corruption and immigrated to the United States when she was 8 years old. She moved to Kentucky with her mother and two younger sisters. While her mother worked, Claudia was raised by her neighbors. The transition to her new country was challenging...

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Meet Penny

Residential Treatment

As a toddler, Penny knew all too well abandonment and pain. Penny experienced 20 different placements during her young life. Her journey...

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Meet Shafika

Residential Treatment

Shafika's parents divorced when she was an infant and eventually lived in abject poverty with her mother and two sisters. She became defiant and...

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Meet Erin

Adoption

Erin was one of the first children adopted through our Mary Kendall Adoption Program. Read her perspective on her experience as an adopted child here.

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Meet Jonathan

Residential Treatment

Jonathan never knew his father and his mother remarried an abusive alcoholic when he was 10 years old. His once active mother was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease and her physical and mental health declined rapidly...

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Meet Leslie and Ronnie

Residential Treatment

When 10-year-old Ronnie learned that his parents had been killed in a car accident, he went into shock. His younger siblings Billie, Vickie and Leslie were now relying on him. "My parents taught me to take care of everyone," he says. "I remember going to bed that night and asking God, 'what is gonna happen to us?'" Ronnie said. "And I can't explain it, but a calming presence came over me."...

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