CeCe & Maggie

CeCe & Maggie

CeCe, left, and Maggie both thrived at the Jordan Center

Jordan Center | Fall 2011 Spotlight |

CeCe and Maggie were 3 and 1, respectively, when they were found alone in a dilapidated house and placed into foster care with the Clark family. Deanna Clark remembers the day the girls arrived on her doorstep dirty, frail and frightened. CeCe refused to come to her or speak to her.

But none of that mattered to Deanna and Eric Clark. “We fell in love with them,” Deanna says.

The couple placed the girls into a Raleigh-area daycare that didn’t work out. The staff there was unable to handle CeCe and some of the difficult behaviors she’d learned as a child of neglect, Deanna says. She had trouble communicating thoughts and frustrations, threw tantrums and refused to accept direction. On recommendation from the girls’ social worker, the Clarks moved CeCe and Maggie to the Jordan Center, where teachers are specifically trained to help children with emotional and developmental delays.

It was one of the best decisions they’ve made, Deanna says.

“At the Jordan Center, the staff identified [CeCe’s] issues and taught her to communicate in a more positive way,” she says. “They also helped Eric and me with appropriate discipline strategies, including an exercise that focuses on breathing, which helps CeCe relax.”

By the end of her first year, CeCe was improving. She began doing her work in class and controlling her behavior. She also learned to be more sociable with children.
The Clarks adopted CeCe and Maggie, now 6 and 5, in 2009. Each day is a challenge still, Deanna says, as CeCe has some compulsive behaviors that bear watching closely. But life is a lot less stressful and the family can see glimmers of hope.

“Thanks to the Jordan Center, CeCe is a different child,” Deanna says. “After years of silence, she actually talks to me now and, when I listen to her tell me about her day, I’m so appreciative of everything the staff has done for CeCe and our family.”