Breaking the Cycle: Success Stories

When I started working at the Center in December 2005, I never dreamed I’d see so much child abuse. I had no idea that child abuse happens every day in West Tennessee, even in the smallest of communities. I never dreamed I’d see a little boy with a collarbone broken at the hands of his father or a teenager with scars from his father’s belt, scars so shocking that he hides them from his peers in gym class. I never dreamed I’d see a little girl...
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Janeane Moore
Former Office Manager, Chester County
I never met Carl Perkins, but I listened to his music as a child; little did I know what an impact this man’s dream would have on my family and my destiny. It all started on a warm November evening in 1988. I was a 12-year-old little girl. I was home alone with my three younger siblings watching them, not understanding why my parents abruptly left the house and left me in charge. I was only 12 at the time and didn’t understand what was going on....
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That’s a simple enough question isn’t it? But, we live in a world that is anything but simple. It’s a complicated world. Those of us who have the privilege of raising someone else’s children, well, we have a definite understanding of what a complicated life can be. That’s where the Carl Perkins Program enters in—at least for me. They have proven to be a lifeline when I needed one. Outside of going to church and going...
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I know that I have only met you a few times, and I normally don’t go around telling people things about myself, but I would really like to share something with you. I would like for you to share this with your group, but please don’t say any names or reveal my identity. Sometimes with things in our past, it is hard to re-visit and deal with it all over again. This is something my children and I have overcome together. I don’t want people to...
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The Carl Perkins Center has taught me about children’s different personalities and how to effectively handle them. As a caregiver of seven grandchildren, this program has helped me tremendously. I am blessed to come to the support group meetings and hear from others who are dealing with the same challenges and struggles. We learn how to deal with emotional problems and the pressures that children face today. I am blessed to be a part of the Carl Perkins...
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The Relative Caregiver Program helps ensure the children are in a safe, secure and loving environment. As a caregiver of three grandchildren, it means so much to me to know the children are safe, happy and thriving. The Carl Perkins Center is helping them in a way that they are moving forward with learning and being able to attend church and participate in other activities. It is a blessing for me and for the girls to hear them say they feel happy and...
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As a trauma therapist specializing in sexual abuse, I often notice people attempting to avoid discussing topics relative to my career. The most common responses are: “How on earth do you deal with that?” or “I just couldn’t handle it.” My perspective is quite the opposite. Most people believe I am exposed to the atrocities of hurting the most vulnerable members of our society, our children. The truth is, I have the honor of bearing witness to...
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