Who Failed Jacqueline Charlotte Castillo?
Jacqueline Castillo committed suicide over a year ago on March 20, 2012. Jacqueline had lived on and off in foster care for years, and was currently residing in a transitional living facility run by a local Catholic entity.
Transitional Living, helps teens adjust to leaving the foster care system, instead of just throwing them in the street. The latter happens all too often, especially if the foster teen is a bit troublesome and difficult to place because of negative behaviors. In that case, they system often just gives up on them and these teens are quickly emancipated at 18.
However, this was not the case with Jacqueline, who was a young mother, raising her infant child. She was connected to various private non-profit, and public agencies, designed to assist her with young motherhood, and a productive life in the private sector.
To this end, Jacqueline had a job in retail. She continued to receive social services from various entities, all of which provided social workers, and presumably, some type of mental health therapy.
We use the term “Presumably,” because, when contacted, the religious based entity which controlled her living arrangements, refused to answer any questions, despite privacy no longer being an issue, because she is deceased.
Our main question has always been this:
Before her death, did a social worker or therapist, threaten Jacqueline, that her baby was going to be placed into foster care, or the “system,” if she didn’t behave in a way they (the therapist, the social workers, the transitional house, the religious entity), found acceptable?
Did Jacqueline believe she was going to lose her baby, after a conversation with someone associated with one of the above, like a social worker or therapist?
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