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Legal Aid Society Advocates to Break Cycle of Delinquency and Poor Outcomes

12.06.2011
Posted by Noelle Smith of Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County
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R.A. became pregnant at only 13 years old. R.A. grew up in poverty and lived her life just trying to survive. As a result, R.A. became involved with delinquent activity. R.A. began stealing cars and doing whatever necessary to get by. The Legal Aid Society's Legal Advocacy for Minor Mothers Project (LAMMP) attorney was appointed to help R.A. change her life around.

R.A. was eventually committed to a delinquency program to try and address her needs and rehabilitate her into to full potential. However, R.A. had just had a child. Despite R.A.'s involvement in criminal activity, R.A. was a good mom and had deeply bonded with her child. Through the advocacy of the LAMMP attorney and the efforts of the Department of Juvenile Justice, R.A. was able to go to a commitment program where could take her child with her in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment.

R.A. has moved on from nearly surviving to thriving. She is an honors student, and she is receiving therapy, parenting, and other life skills in order to address what she has been through and learn how to move on to be a good mom for her child.

The program R.A. went to is through AMIkids and it is called W.I.N.G.S. of South Florida (Women in Need of Greater Strength). The program is located in Miami, Florida, and focuses on providing delinquent teen moms with health and parenting Education, employment and education, and self improvement. For more information about how you can assist girls like R.A. who are transforming their lives at the W.I.N.G.S. program, please visit http://www.wingssfl.org.

LAMMP is supported by Greenberg Traurig, LLP, the Florida Bar Foundation, and is housed and supported by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc. For more information, contact the LAMMP attorney, Ashley Ortagus Wilson, at 561-655-8944, Ext. 113.

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