While pregnant, Justine was able to find stable employment and worked up until her 38th week of pregnancy. She is now off of FIP and sustaining herself financially. She has moved in with her sister and is contributing to the household bills instead of bouncing from her mother and grandmother’s houses. Justine is pleased to say, “I am residing on my own with my children and roommates, still clean and sober, and about to end my DHS case. So with that being said, I would not be here today if it were not for the support of my family constantly pushing me to be a better version of myself, as well as my MIECHV worker, Angie.”
Justine admits that it is hard to break free of the domestically violent relationship that she has with her children’s father, but knows that it is important for her and her children’s safety. Justine is hopeful for him that he will get the treatment that he needs while he is incarcerated, to be the father that both of the children need. While Justine admits to being a distant parent to her son in the past, she is actively working to rectify this. She speaks of loving both of her children for saving her life. She wants nothing more to than to be a good mother to her children.