“DON’T SEND ME HOME”
Its takes something extraordinary to make a child say “Please don’t send me home.” But that was Ben’s request. And for good reason. For this helpless 6-year-old, home was a place where, day after day for years on end, he was sexually molested by a family member. Home was where he was afraid to cry for help and terrified to dream. Thankfully, somebody caught on.
Today Ben lives with a loving Olive Crest family, in the first place he has ever experienced normalcy, love, safety, and healing. He is energetic and affectionate. He is making friends with other children. Slowly but surely he is learning to trust grown-ups. Now, Ben is able to dream again.