Adam was four years old when he and his four siblings last lived with their parents. His parents struggled with mental illness, drug abuse and alcohol addiction. After realizing the situation, his grandparents stepped in to care for him and his brothers and sisters permanently.
Despite being taken from a volatile home, Adam struggled to speak and exhibited anger management issues his grandparents couldn’t handle, especially with four other kids to care for.
Adam joined the EvenStart program. Right away, staff noticed his developmental issues. His constant screaming, temper tantrums and lack of communication skills made him uncontrollable.
During his first year in the program, Adam improved tremendously. He learned to manage his anger and communicate in healthy ways. His grandparents, suffering severe financial strain with five children to look after, also received support from EvenStart and other United Way programs.
Young children like Adam have little control over their own future. United Way and its partners want Calgary’s children to be all that they can be. Thanks to the ongoing support Adam and his siblings receive, they are on the path to a bright new future.
*This name has been changed to preserve the confidentiality of those accessing United Way-funded programs