For confidentiality purposes family names have been altered.
The Nava family consists of Ms. Nava and her three children: Charlie (18), Matty (11) and Jon (7).
The Nava family came to the attention of DCFS, due to a domestic violence incident between Mr. Nava and his wife, which included their oldest son, Charlie. During the incident, Mr. Nava physically attacked his wife, and subsequently punched his son, Charlie, in the face when minor intervened. Minor was left unconscious.
Once DCFS investigated said case, it was found that there was a long history of severe and sustained domestic abuse by Mr. Nava against his wife, minors all being exposed to this abuse.
Mr. Nava was asked to vacate the household and a restraining order was placed on him.
IHOC (In-Home Outreach Counselor)(employee of Club) found family to be under lots of stress, both emotional and economic, now that there was one less income. Ms. Nava appeared to be mildly depressed and overwhelmed, and all three children were sad, confused and uncertain. Charlie was failing his classes in his senior year, Matty was very behind in her reading and overall academics, and Jon had behavioral issues in his classroom.
IHOC commenced by referring all three children to Pacific Clinics for individual therapy services. Minors were asked to be seen at their school, in order to minimize inconsistency with attendance. Ms. Nava was referred to EVBGC for individual therapy (transportation offered, since she does not drive). She was provided with a link to Wings for domestic violence group, but due to her very long work hours (housekeeping work) this was not possible. Hence, it was decided at MCPC that domestic violence topics would be extensively addressed in individual therapy (licensed therapist), as well as with IHOC. This was the first time any family member had ever received therapeutic services.
IHOC provided Ms. Nava with a written request to commence IEP services for Matty, since minor had been displaying poor academic performance for the past few years. IHOC addressed with Jon's therapist minor's history of family violence and the need to address his disruptive behavior in class.
IHOC assisted Ms. Nava in acquiring police report of the incident and provided her with information to the Immigration Center for Women and Children, which commenced the process for her and Charlie to become United States residents, through VAWA. EVBGC assisted family with initial appointment fee, as well as subsequent case fees. IHOC also assisted Ms. Nava with child support procedure through the District Attorney. Auxiliary funds were also accessed, as family was assisted with three month's rent totaling $2,700, dinette set and a chest of drawers. This economic assistance reduced the economic stressors affecting Ms. Nava, allowing her to reevaluate her current employment options with more clarity.
Family was also provided with a list of food banks in the area in case the need arose. Funds were also made available to assist minors with fees to enroll in sporting activities. Transportation was made available to this family for court issues, mental health, as well as MCPC's, and some doctor's appointments.
As time progressed, Ms. Nava became more aware of her strengths and ability and was able to differentiate between a life filled with stressors and violence, and one of peaceful coexistence, where she was more able to implement household rules and expectations.
Ms. Nava's decision making skills improved, which had a calming effect on the children. Charlie was able to graduate for Azusa H.S., is employed part time, and looking into Citrus Community College. Matty improved her grades, and is still being monitored for further needs, and Jon's overall behavior at school has improved from being overly aggressive, to being perhaps overly playful.Minors have addressed in therapy missing their father, since Mr. Nava has not made any efforts to reconnect with his children. Matty made the following statement: "I think my father is like a book. You can read it over and over and it never changes."