Ericka Brunner, Family Resource Specialist in Adams County, had been working on a difficult case involving a 17-year-old young man who had been diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder. He had self-harming behaviors as well as a long history of CYF involvement for crisis related behaviors in the home. Ericka assisted the family in providing stability within the home. She continued to conduct daily visits with the family, including while they were on a camping vacation, responding to a few crisis situations while they were on vacation. The family connected with Ericka, building a therapeutic relationship and partnership which gave the family the ability to build normalcy in their lives for the first time in a long time. Ericka also assisted in connecting the family to long-term resources in the community. All of Ericka’s hard work was recognized by the message that was sent to her from the young man’s mother:
“Hi Dear, I just want you to know how much we think of you and all the help you have given us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You have done more in such short time than any other person. You are in the right job.”
Thank you, Ericka, for doing ‘whatever it takes’ to accomplish success with this family. As a valued employee, your contributions to the JWYC Mission are appreciated.