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Success with Wraparound from a Youth Perspective

Chelsea was involved with the department of corrections at the age of 12 and then got involved with child protective services at age 13. Chelsea witnessed violence and drug use within her family, which led to a lot of trauma and created instability in her life.

After Chelsea was unsuccessful in multiple family placements and group homes, and due to her use of illegal substances, she was committed to Long Creek Correctional Center for three years at the age of 16. At that time, she also was dealing with other issues including an eating disorder and cutting.

Although Chelsea had a long history of trauma, she always stayed focused on her goals and achieved in both the classroom and through sports. Chelsea realized who she was as a person while in Long Creek and although she had a few slips along the way, graduated a year and a half early and began taking college classes at age 16. Chelsea displayed her determination and willingness to make herself a better person through the Long Creek program.

Chelsea was referred to Wraparound in January 2010 after completing the Long Creek Correctional Program in 11 months. 

Chelsea has learned a lot in the last year from the Wraparound program. She realizes that honesty is the best policy and opening up to people you trust can help you get through the hardest times in life. Chelsea feels it is very important to identify supports that are available and she has learned to eliminate negativity in her life.

Today, at the age of 18, Chelsea is living with her step-sister and her husband and their two children in a stable living environment. Chelsea has started her spring classes at Southern Maine Community College and is working part-time. 

Chelsea has a dream to become a success story. Chelsea believes the Wraparound program has changed her life and hopes her story will help the lives of others in similar situations as they strive to reach their goals. 

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