Josefina is a single mother of two young boys and is also the mother of two grown children who are professionals in Mexico. Josefina was referred to a Children’s Bureau Advocate at Corbin Family Resource Center as she was the victim of domestic violence by her husband. He is currently in jail because their 8-year-old son witnessed the violent behavior. Josefina felt insecure and suffered from low self-esteem. The family was also struggling financially as the father brought home the only income. The family advocate connected Josefina and the boys to numerous services including counseling, in-home parent education, a personal empowerment program, mentoring program and parent-child interactive therapy. Josefina says that the programs have totally changed their lives and that they are a happy family again.

English Translation
Josefina:
Good afternoon, my name is Josefina Mora. I have two children, one 8 year old and the other 4 years old. I lived in home with domestic violence and did not know where to go or who to turn to for help. In that moment, I felt insecure and had low self-esteem. I am thankful for the programs at Children’s Bureau and Corbin Center and Ms. Shirley Navarrete, my Family Advocate. She referred me to different services like individual counseling, counseling for my kids, in-home parenting, PEP (Personal Empowerment Program), On Track program (mentoring program) and PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy).

Ruby (Coordinator):
And what are you doing now?

Josefina:
I am attending English classes and Computer classes.

Ruby:
How have these programs benefit you and your family? And what would you recommend to other families in need for assistance?

Josefina:
It has benefited us a lot. It has been a total change in our lives. We are happy now. I would encourage all parents to ask for help, talk, and find out where to go for help. Do not be afraid. So that way you can better educate your children.

Ruby:
Thank you, Josefina.