Here are the stories of a few of the children and youth who have stayed at the Austin Children's Shelter. Some are stories in our words and some oare stories from former clients, in their own words. Each is a story of hope.
Fourteen year old Amanda came to us an extremely angry teenager, heaving anything she could lift and attacking anyone she could hurt. She never knew an adult to trust or a role model to follow, making it even more challenging to raise her daughter, Elena.
Game Changing Rebounds
We gave Stephen a chance to get treatment for his drug use but instead, he chose to leave our Transitional Living Program. Months later he wanted back in. We gave him a second chance, with one condition.
Learning to Bond
Through filial therapy, Danielle learns to bond with her children, a necessary step in breaking the cycle of abuse.
Building Trust and Confidence
ACS Youth Care Workers help a teenager grow in her
confidence as a mother by building a bond of trust.
Learn to Be a Good Mom
15 year-old Ramona learns how to be a good mom while at the Shelter.
Finding a Coping Mechanism in Art Journaling
Activities can help manage fear or stress and build self-esteem and are an important part of our programs.
Thanks From a Teen Mom
Once in a while, a child or youth lets us know they appreciate what we have done for them.
Michelle: In Her Own Words
Her story is one of hope for so many teens who come to the Shelter.
A Story of Triumph
Jennifer Eva Emelogu found the support she needed at the Austin Children's Shelter.
Dawn Nye’s Story
A story of success, in her own words.