Araceli and Julio had very little support when they first discovered they were going to be teen parents. After searching for local resources, they found KCSL’s Healthy Families and enrolled.
“Since I got pregnant at a young age, I had no clue what was coming,” Araceli said. “I didn’t know the basics of how to care for my own child.”
Three years later, Araceli and Julio live in their own home and feel confident in their parenting abilities, and their 2-year-old son, Yaiden, is ahead in his development.
As for the future, Araceli has applied to attend Emporia State University in the fall to pursue a nursing degree, and Julio has dreams of starting his own business one day. The couple also has plans to marry and is optimistic about Yaiden starting school soon. All three are set to graduate from the Healthy Families program in 2018.
“I just want a happy life,” Araceli said.