Carla and her son Nehemiah arrived at St. Ann’s in the spring of 2010.
Nehemiah was just three months old when he arrived and Carla was 16. Her mother is a chronic substance abuser, and Carla has spent time in and out of the foster care system.
As a result, Carla has never had a role model for good parenting - and no family to help her when she became pregnant.
Now 17, Carla completed the 10th grade in June and received several awards at St. Ann’s High School closing ceremony for her outstanding work in several subjects. She has completed all high school assessments - including passing the algebra assessment with high marks.
She spent her summer working at Providence Hospital, where she was placed by our workforce development partner, Youth Professional Development, Inc.
In addition, Nehemiah is a healthy and active one-year-old, meeting appropriate developmental milestones.
Carla has years of hurt and dysfunction to overcome. However, St. Ann’s Teen Mother-Baby Program is providing her with the structure, support and educational opportunities she needs to move down the path to stability and, ultimately, gain the skills necessary to be self sufficent.