It was all very daunting, and Julie felt utterly overwhelmed, but she found an ally in the staff members of CCS-Sierra Vista’s Family Preservation program.
When Julie’s 10-year-old daughter was removed from her custody because of suspected child
endangerment, Julie was beyond devastated. She knew she had mental health issues, but she didn’t
believe they were affecting her ability to parent her daughter. Either way, she knew that she would do everything the Department of Child Safety (DCS) required to get her daughter back. It was all very daunting, and Julie felt utterly overwhelmed, but she found an ally in the staff members of CCS Sierra Vista’s Family Preservation program. They were supportive, non-judging, and gracious, which meant a lot to Julie as she worked through all the DCS requirements. These included getting mental health treatment and participating in CCS-Sierra Vista’s parenting education programs. Julie’s separation from her daughter was nearly unbearable, especially since she knew how unhappy her daughter was, but the CCS staff kept her going. With therapy, her mental health improved, and finally, after eight months of separation, Julie was reunited with her daughter and her DCS case was later closed. In reflecting on the whole ordeal, Julie says, “I wouldn’t have made it without the people at CCS. They were a light at the end of the tunnel and their generosity and kindness will stay with me forever.”