Healing in the Cottages: One Little Girl’s Journey

“Samantha” was eight when she came to Ryther’s Cottage Program with an extensive trauma history from birth to six years old. She witnessed gang and family violence and also was a victim of physical abuse. Initially placed in a Ryther therapeutic foster home after being removed from her home, she disrupted from the foster home due to dysregulated emotions and assaultive behavior toward her caregivers. She also was unsuccessful in school due to her frequent outbursts.

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