For the brothers Terrick and Joseph Bakhit, childhood in Southern California was a precarious and often brutal experience: a mother addicted to crack and often in jail, a grandmother who beat them. In 2007, when Terrick was 12 and Joseph was 11, they ran away to an older sister’s home but eventually landed in foster care, where a good outcome was anything but certain.
Although child-care officials had promised to keep them together, they were separated and ended up in a series of foster families or group homes. At 17, Terrick, demoralized and unruly, “made the stupid decision of stealing a group home car,” was arrested and sentenced to juvenile detention for 11 months. Adrift upon release and without financial or personal support, he ended up homeless and addicted to crystal meth.
I remember him as if we met yesterday. Johnny, not even six months old, sat on my lap and giggled as I finished getting together my court documents. I was a young attorney for Florida’s Department of Children and Families, learning how to navigate the complexities of child welfare. Johnny had bruises on his body, his runny nose had crusted over, and he was filthy. I wanted to drop everything and scrub away his despair.
to Families through Education)
Career Success Skills
Identifying top five skills
Employers are looking for; Identifying top five benefits Employees are looking
for; Where to look for career & job related information; What makes a
successful Cover Letter & Resume; How to prepare to win the Dream Job
Jim Engelhard- Activity Director, Title V Grant Programs, ENMU-Roswell
N. Pennsylvania Avenue
March 19th, 2017
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (Doors
open at 5:45)
ENMUR Students will be hosting a Field Day
(Games & Fun Activities for Children
while the program is being held.