"I've never been a parent. But their mom died and now I need to take care of them."

CPI received a school referral regarding two recently enrolled children who were being cared for by their aunt. They had recently arrived from another city and were now in the aunt's custody. The two children, ages 6 and 9, had witnessed their mother's death at the hands of their father during a domestic dispute. The aunt was willing to raise the children but had no previous experience. She did not know how to address the children's nightmares or their difficulty in adjusting to a new home and a new school. The children cried frequently and seemed particularly stressed by the change.

A CPI parent educator immediately began weekly home visits with the aunt while the children received counseling to help them address their grief over the loss of their mother. The aunt worked with our parent educator to create a safe, consistent home environment for the children and with the school to assist her nieces with school work and socialization. "I didn't know there were so many resources to help me," said the mother. "CPI has made it possible for me to care for my nieces under really difficult circumstances. I'm no longer afraid that I'll fail them."

Caregivers don't have to raise children all by themselves. They have access to a larger web of support. One of CPI's goals is to offer all parents and caregivers a lifeline to the most appropriate community services.