My name is Christina Sevenski and I am currently 18 years old, I have a daughter named Natalie who just turned 2. Natalie and I were both born in Fort Myers FL; I became pregnant with Natalie at the age of 15 and gave birth to her when I was 16. During my pregnancy I lived with my dad, however my dad was very disappointed in me when he found out at first he didn’t want me to keep Natalie throughout my whole pregnancy my dad was constantly telling me how hard my life was going to be because I was choosing to have a baby, but I never cared cause I knew from day one that I wanted to keep her.
After Natalie was born my dad opened up and he loves Natalie but that didn’t stop us from arguing, he ended up losing his home, my grandma said that my dad and the rest of our family could stay with her but me and my daughter wasn’t welcome. Along with my dad’s side of the family when they all found out they were also disappointed in me they haven’t spoke to me since then nor have they met my daughter so that left me and my newborn baby without a place to go, my mom wasn’t an option because she had lost custody of me due to drug use.
I asked a friend to stay with them and her mother agreed. I stayed with them for a while and they helped me when I needed it and I knew they cared about me and my daughter but I always felt like I didn’t belong I always felt hurt because I didn’t want to lose my daughter and I could never provide the things she needed.
While I was staying with my friends mother someone called DCF and made a couple false accusations, when they came they saw that I wasn’t living with my custodial parent whom I was supposed to be living with and being taken care of by my case worker could not contact my dad so I came to Our Mothers Home I arrived to Our Mothers Home on July 2,2013 when I was 17, My birthday was August 12 so that barely gave me a month I was worried because I thought that I was going to have to leave then and I knew that I had nowhere to stay , but Mrs. Karen came to me and told me that I could stay here and we made an agreement that I could stay until the age or nineteen I was happy when I found that out because I didn’t have to worry about things as much.
I chose to go into extended foster care, I know that I still need help and maybe a little guidance to get to where I want to be and I think this will help me to stay focused I also get to stay in my own apartment which I am so happy about and should be moving into soon, to me that’s a big step and I’m very thankful that I can finally live on my own with just me and my daughter.
Our Mothers home has helped me so much and I thank them for everything even though sometimes I don’t agree I am glad that someone made that call and caused me to be here because I know without their help and there constant nagging I wouldn’t be doing the most that I should have been doing I am now currently getting my G.E.D, my plans after that and even after I leave OMH is to attend ITT technical institute for a CNA in nursing and then continue on to Edison College to further on and be the person and the mother that I want to be to prove to everyone who said that I couldn’t do it that I can.