An unwed mother found herself in a precarious situation. She was pregnant and knew this child would be born with severe developmental difficulties. She had previous pregnancies which resulted in the same dynamics causing her to seek help for her situation. The baby was born with severe developmental problems and the mother felt her best course was to leave the baby in the hospital, placing the baby for adoption. The baby was named Catalina because of the identified family heritage. A dedicated social worker learned of Catalina's situation and worked to provide assistance to Catalina. Baby Cat, to which she was affectionately referred, became the focus of love, concern, and hope for all who met her. The prognosis for Baby Cat was not good but the social worker knew "somewhere there was a family" for Baby Cat. The social worker worked diligently to find a family willing to accept Baby Cat with all her challenges. Her efforts were rewarded. A family was identified who fell in love with Baby Cat and was prepared to love her and provide her every need, knowing the challenges
Stan Long, M.Th., L.C.S.W.-P.I.P.
Janet Long, L.C.S.W.-P.I.P.
Well, here you are! How did you get here and for what are you searching? Usually websites such as ours are not sought unless life has happened and things seem somewhat overwhelming right now. Feeling overwhelmed and floundering is not comfortable and too often one might get lost while they try to fix things on their own. I hope things are well for you but if not, I believe Janet and I can be a valuable resource to help you find "restoration and balance". Read further to find out more about Catalina Family Services, LLC and how we can work with you.
You aren't a baby but you may have found yourself feeling alone, without clear direction, lost from your family and your life feels seriously "out of Balance". You may not be in quite the same situation as Baby Cat but you know that somewhere there is a family of which you are a part. You may feel abandoned and alone just like Baby Cat, not knowing if you will be able to overcome the situations in which you find yourself. You may feel as though you are about to draw your last breathe because your personal sitation is overwhelming and alone, you can't overcome. Life is not easy and certainly not fair as evidenced by Baby Cat's story. However, just like Baby Cat, licensed, trained professionals are on hand to help you discover the strengths and supports that are often hidden by life and other complications. We are ready to walk with you to discover who you are and how you contribute to a loving caring family.
The history of Baby Cat inspired the development of Catalina Family Services, LLC because we believe that "somewhere there is a family" for everyone and everyone needs to discover who they are and where they fit into a family, possibly identifying new "family" with which to be a part. Our staff is dedicated to uncovering that family for every situation.
"Keeping focused is hard with so many distractions."
"Somewhere there's a family"
The adoption process was not finalized before the obstacles facing Baby Cat became too much. Her frail little body was not strong enough to deal with the major developmental hurdles she battled. She finally gave in but not without having loving, supportive pre-adoptive family and friends by her side. The social worker knew that "somewhere there was a family " for Baby Cat. That family was identified and was present while Baby Cat fought her last battle.