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There’s more to life than surviving

There’s more to life than surviving

Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO), the parent organization of Encompass is celebrating 50 years of ministry this year! Throughout 2019, we will be sharing 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry to demonstrate the transformational work God has done through our family of ministries (CCHO, Encourage Foster Care and Encompass Christian Counseling).

As an agency committed to being trauma effective, we are happy to share a story today from Lindsay DeHaas, MSW, LSW, one of the therapists from Thrive Trauma Recovery. This intensive trauma treatment allows clients to effectively process traumatic events from their past so they no longer feel the impact from those experiences in their day-to-day lives. Story #33 in our 50 Stories for 50 Years of Ministry series offers hope to those who may otherwise have a hard time finding it.

Amanda appeared to “have it all” from the outside looking in...

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Amazing transformation in a pre-verbal child

Amazing transformation in a pre-verbal child

This was the answer to many prayers for our family. Two years ago, when we were going through the adoption process, they helped fix our broken family. When everyone else was ready to quit they stepped in and helped.

Our daughter was deeply traumatized by her biological family situation. She was way too young to verbalize anything. Margaret stepped in and helped give her trauma a voice so she didn’t have to live with it any longer.

Yes, there were a lot of skeptics – people judging that a two-year-old wouldn’t benefit from the trauma therapy. After a week of therapy my daughter made an amazing transformation. Our family would have never been complete if it were not for this help and the gift and the faith God has given them.

– K. from Ohio

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Life really can be wonderful

Life really can be wonderful

I was thinking today how dubious I was before treatment. After suffering for so many years, how could I be healed at all, much less in so short a time period? Yet the traumas took a relatively short period of time to change my life in very negative ways – mentally, spiritually, and physically.

As a nurse, I still cannot wrap my brain around the patho-physiology that must be behind this treatment. However, if a few moments can cause memories that alter us so drastically, it is logical that “processing” those memories could (and DOES) bring about the exact opposite mental, spiritual, and physical effect…HEALING, HOPE, PEACE! Such peace as I have never known before, and I will be 50 years old this May! Ha!

When Deb asked me what my goals for treatment were, and I told her one of them was to know in my heart that God loves...

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I was completely set free

I was completely set free

I spent my whole life suffering from anxiety due to various traumas I had experienced. I never thought I’d be freed from it this side of heaven, but after treatment I was completely set free!

It has drastically changed my life in many positive ways and my loved ones have been amazed to see me grow and thrive. I can honestly say now that I am fully alive – mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

I feel as if, after treatment, I have only just begun to really live. My only regret is that I didn’t go through treatment sooner!

– Anonymous

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There is help

There is help

Before trauma therapy I spent every day depressed, empty, lonely, intensely needy, scared, and suicidal.

The process was very painful, but not the kind of pain that is terminal. It was the kind of pain you get when you exercise muscles you have not used in a long while.

I want to shout from the mountaintops to anyone and everyone who has suffered the painful effects of trauma that there is help.

– Ohio

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A brother and sister restored to a normal childhood

A brother and sister restored to a normal childhood

After pursuing a career in veterinary medicine and spending 10 years co-managing a large dairy operation, my husband and I realized our lives felt empty and unfulfilled without children and focus of family life. We decided to begin looking into adoption in 2008 since having children biologically wasn’t an option.

By May 2009, we had been paired with two siblings that were being raised in the foster care system as their parent’s rights had been terminated due to abuse and neglect. Michael was 4 years old and Elizabeth was 3 years old when they entered foster care and unfortunately this did not put an end to the abuse they were being subjected to. They endured an additional two long years of both sexual and physical abuse by their foster parents before CPS realized something was terribly wrong. By the time we became a family, the children had gone through four...

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Recommendation from a long-time child welfare worker

Recommendation from a long-time child welfare worker

As a caseworker in the child welfare system for over 20 years, I regularly recommend Margaret Vasquez for trauma work with kids. Having worked with many children on my caseload over the years, she has achieved striking results with children who remained unassisted by long-term therapy, medication, behavior modification, attachment work and a host of other interventions.

Miss Vasquez has an ability to quickly establish rapport with children and effectively helps them to give voice to their difficulties without shame. The results have been multiple foster placements salvaged; kids being adopted, who otherwise never would have been; and adoptions being preserved.

Her work has been a drastic turning point in the lives of many families. She has a genuine concern for those with whom she works and is by far the most effective child therapist I have ever known.

– D. W., MA, LSW

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Freedom for Sam

Freedom for Sam

The sound of my cell phone ringing in the middle of my workday instantly sends my stomach into turmoil. Sure enough, it’s the school. The secretary, with whom I’m on a first name basis, informs me I need to pick up my 5th grade son as he is suspended for hitting. Once again, he has overreacted to some horrendous injustice (someone cut in line, a kid really was “out” in the kickball game, 2 + 3 was 6 yesterday but today they are saying it’s 5).

Sam is my huge-hearted, deeply spiritual, animal-loving, athletic, cuddly son. He’s been in my heart and home since he was 5 days old. A preemie, born crack-addicted with an inability to self-soothe. Over the past 12 years we have been kicked out of churches, restaurants, neighborhoods, and schools. He began the medication regime at the age of 3. Clonidine, Ritalin, Abilify, Celexa – to...

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Words of thanks for post-adoptive help

Words of thanks for post-adoptive help

I would like to thank you for your services. I found your services when I was very concerned about my son. He was adopted from a Russian orphanage at 2½ years of age. When we came to you, he was 11 years old and still regressing to baby talk. He would latch onto anyone as a friend, was easily led, and terrified of being abandoned, plus many other things.

It has been three years since . He has not received any since.

With your help, he learned how to rely on himself, how to let go of hiding behind the baby part of himself. He is growing into a fine young teenager. He is choosing friends that do not lead him down the wrong path. He is very thoughtful about decisions.

He is now in band, choir, and drama club at school. He competed very successfully in cross-country this fall....

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