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Marcy’s Success Story

Being a teenager can come with many challenges – things such as managing emotions, struggling with social interaction, and even being comfortable within themselves. This was the case for transgender teen, Marcy*, age 19.

In such a short life span, Marcy experienced a traumatic past which originally brought her into the care of DCFS. From initially being placed in a home of relative and pre-adoptive home, to undergoing a failed adoption, and then ultimately being brought back into care, Marcy’s journey was not easy. These events caused emotional instability and negative behaviors began to surface. Marcy stopped attending high school and began to struggle with her mental and physical health.

While it was a rough journey for a period in Marcy’s life, with the help of Little City’s Foster Care & Adoption Program, Marcy has been provided with services that have assisted her in becoming a productive young adult.

In 2015, Marcy was placed in a non-relative home where she is now actively bettering herself by demonstrating positive behaviors, independent living skills, and connecting with her foster family. She is participating in therapy and having more interactions with her peers. Marcy has attained an outstanding GPA within her educational program and was named the first Student of the Month at her school in September 2016.

Marcys wants to obtain her high school diploma, become a licensed cosmetologist, and ultimately become an independent adult. She plans to use the life skills she is learning from both school and home to live a successful life.

*Name changed to protect confidentiality

"There are so many capable and caring staff at Little City, past and present, who have helped Clifford. He has made a lot of progress in mastering his behavior."

Colleen, Mother of a child living in a ChildBridge Group Home