In 2020, Mia (she/her/hers) had been staying at Chase House for one-and-a-half years. When Mia first arrived at Chase House, she was incredibly hesitant to engage in case management and socialize with staff and other youth. She was shy and expressed anxiety in living at Chase House, so she self-isolated in her room most days. Over months, staff were successful in developing rapport and trust with Mia by slowly bringing her into conversations and jokes. Mia started to set goals with her Case Manager and brainstorm realistic steps she could take to reach those goals. Once Mia set her mind to those goals, there was no stopping her. She started to actively engage in school with incredible academic performance, and demonstrated consistent attendance. Mia also started to work part-time which helped her gain confidence and important life-skills. The ultimate end goal Mia set for herself was to return home. She enthusiastically engaged in family coaching with the staff at TGTHR and after her year-and-a-half stay at Chase House, Mia successfully returned home to her adoptive family.
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