Mariana Alvarez was beyond distraught. Her sweet 7-year-old daughter Ana is permanently handicapped after suffering a severe asthma attack and in cardiac arrest. Ana can barely flash that beautiful smile of hers, let alone feed herself. And now, Ana, 9-year-old Mateo and 11-year-old Javier have been taken from her.

Ben was just so angry all the time. Why would his mom leave him for drugs? Why did his father abandon him when he was just a baby? He knew that his grandparents had meant well, but he still couldn’t help himself from lashing out at them. And now he didn’t even have them.

After her husband died eight years ago, Flora was feeling lonely and depressed.

As a child, Michelle Kaczmarek watched her mom live a life of drugs and alcohol. And after her mom and step-dad divorced when she was 12 years old, she and her younger sister often didn’t know where they were going to sleep.