Selena's Story

My Name is Selena

When I was nine years old, I came home from school and found my mother unresponsive on the living room couch. Unable to wake her, I called 911. Within minutes the police and paramedics arrived and took my mother away.
A DCF worker came and took me to my grandmother and her new husband whom I had never met. Things were ok, until my grandmother died in a car accident when I was thirteen. I remained in the custody of my step-grandfather.
Shortly after the death of my grandmother, I started skipping school, smoking marijuana, self-mutilating, and running away. Eventually, my step-grandfather could not handle my behavior and placed me in foster care.
I moved around a lot while in foster care. I went to shelters, foster homes and group homes. Each time I would run away or act out in order to get kicked out.
I came to Brookwood at the age of sixteen, after 15 failed placements. I continued to runaway several times from Brookwood. Each time I was recovered and returned to the home. I was Baker Acted 3 times and each time I was released I returned to Brookwood. One day I asked why I had not been kicked out yet. I was told that I was worth fighting for and that they were not giving up on me. No one had ever cared like this before. I began to open up in counseling and built a rapport with my counselor. I disclosed that I had been sexually abused by my step-grandfather starting at the age of 12 and it continued until he gave me up at fifteen years old. I had never told my story to anyone else. I finally had the support that I needed to deal with my past and focus on a future. My step-grandfather was eventually arrested and sent to prison.
Selina's Story with Brookwood Florida

Selena stayed at Brookwood until she was 19 years old. By then she had completed high school, started a full-time job, and enrolled in nursing school.  She currently works as a registered nurse in the neonatal unit of a local hospital and is happily married with two children.

 Selena regularly keeps in touch, and never fails to thank our staff for the life-changing help she received at Brookwood.  We couldn’t be more proud of Selena and all that she’s accomplished!  

Please help us continue to provide a safe haven for girls like Selena.

Your donations can help girls like Selena in many ways.
  • $40 Will help with a month of hygiene supplies for one girl.
  • $65 Will provide essential bus fare for 1 month for one girl.
  • $150 Will pay for room and board for 1 day for one girl.
  • $250 Will buy essential school supplies for ten girls.
  • $500 Will help with clothing, shoes, socks, etc., for one girl.
  • $1000 Will support 1 week of care for one girl.