Children's Institute Changed My Life

December 13, 2023
Anjelica Luna


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Dear CII Family,

My name is Anjelica and I want to share my story about how Children’s Institute (CII) changed my life.

My daughter was born during the pandemic and her whole world was me, her dad, and her brother. My son was at home doing virtual learning and my daughter became really interested in his lessons. I knew I had to look for opportunities for her to get a head start. That’s how I found CII’s Home Visitation program.

Our home visitor, Ms. Janet, taught me so much about healthy child development. Not only did she help my daughter learn to write, draw, and communicate her feelings, but she also taught her self-regulation skills. During frustrating times at home, my little one reminded me to relax and breathe.

So, I thought to myself, “She’s getting help. What am I doing to help myself?”

I spoke to Ms. Janet, and she told me about counseling services at CII. Together, we learned how to break the cycle of difficult emotional issues I grew up with and this gave me the confidence to go back to school to complete my GED. CII and Ms. Janet were with me every step of the way, encouraging me to achieve my goals.

I hope to be an example for my children. I want my children to be brave, to see the struggles that I’ve been through and say, “Mom did it, so can I.” I hope that they never stop learning, never stop helping others, and know that I never stopped, for them.

Your support for CII ensures parents like me can find the support they need for their whole family.

Please consider giving generously this holiday season.

With Gratitude,

Anjelica Luna