A lot of things have been said about me recently. Some were said at court and others were said in the news and by Department of Children and Families Commissioner Joette Katz. People might think they know me based what they hear, but they know nothing about who I am.
I have been involved with DCF since I was a little kid. There were lots of problems in my family, and DCF got involved to help me. Over the years, I’ve had many DCF workers. Some really tried to help me. Others did it for the paycheck. I admit that I have acted out and got into fights, many DCF kids fight with staff and other kids. I am not saying it was OK, but I have a lot of stuff built up inside me and don’t know how to deal with it at times. They tell me that trauma changes people and makes them act out. Believe me, it does.