Impact Story: Marisol
Marisol*, a mother utilizing services at The Gathering Place, had been missing her visits with her biological daughter who was in foster care. Because of her absence, Marisol was on the verge of having her visits closed out meaning her daughter would remain in foster care and unable to return home. When Marisol missed a Zoom meeting, Michael*, an AFS Parent Partner (P.P.) contacted her and found out that she was at the hospital and couldn’t join the Zoom. Michael drove to the hospital and set it up so Marisol could be part of the meeting. When Michael arrived at the hospital, he discovered Marisol had actually been assaulted by her partner.
Michael consulted with the TGP treatment team and went back to visit Marisol in the hospital the next day and convinced her to get a psychological evaluation and established a treatment plan. As soon as Marisol was released from the hospital, Michael drove her to John George and had her admitted for a psychological evaluation after which she was prescribed two medications to treat her mental health conditions. She was subsequently entered into a treatment program. Marisol did not miss one visit with her daughter during this progress. Eventually, Marisol completed treatment and created a stable enough home environment that her daughter is scheduled to return home.
Michael’s commitment to ensuring his client received the critical care necessary to ultimately reunite with her daughter is one of many examples of how AFS staff will always go above and beyond to provide hope and healing to families.
* All names and images have been changed to protect clients’ identities.