Ms. Carreno was referred to the Healthy Families Florida (HFF) program in February of 2011 by Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies program. At the time, Ms. Carreno was a teen in her senior year of high school, and was open to receiving guidance and assistance from HFF. Ms. Carreno was determined to continue her education and seek support that would assist her as a first time parent to be a good mom to her child.
During her pregnancy, Ms. Carreno’s grade point average was a 3.89. She was in the top five percent of her class and a member of the National Science Society. She was awarded a scholarship from the school district and her high school. After giving birth to a healthy son, Ms. Carreno graduated from high school.
With the guidance and support of her family support worker (FSW), Ms. Carreno continued with her goals of enrolling in school to obtain her degree in Elementary Education. The FSW also assisted her with applying to colleges and completing her financial aid application. In January of 2012, nine months after her son was born, Ms. Carreno was enrolled at Palm Beach State College with a major in Elementary Education.
In addition to supporting Ms. Carreno with her personal goals, her FSW continued to work on strengthening her parenting skills through the use of Growing Great Families and Growing Great Kids curriculum in order to teach her how to bond with her child. The FSW continued to work on teaching Ms. Carreno about the benefits of being a good mom which included providing information on health education, home safety, and administering developmental screens to keep her abreast of how her child should be developing according to his age.
While in school, Ms. Carreno maintained a GPA of 3.98. She was awarded several scholarships through the college for her excellent grades and was also awarded work study. Ms. Carreno was enrolled in an educational program through Palm Beach County School District where she completed her student teaching hours and obtained experience in her field of study. Ms. Carreno notified her FSW that she completed her Associates Degree from Palm Beach State College and her graduation was December of 2013.
“I would like to thank my FSW for all of her encouragement and support throughout the years because I probably would not have made it this far without her.” - Ms. Carreno
Although Ms. Carreno experienced several challenges and setbacks in her past she did not allow them to hinder her from achieving her goals. Ms. Carreno has successfully achieved one of her goals and now will continue to further her education by obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Palm Beach State College or Florida Atlantic University.
(In the picture is Father (Efrain) and son (Alfonso)
In 2013, Healthy Families served 376 families with 763 children. Since 2008, the program has served 2,120 children. 100% of these children remain free from abuse and neglect.
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