LA County Department of Children & Family Services
The LA County Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) is one of our most challenging outreaches. During our visits, we see children on what is likely one of the most turbulent, traumatic days of their lives. These innocent angels are at DCFS because they have to testify or participate in a hearing following instances of abuse or neglect by their families. Some of these children face being placed in foster care, juvenile facilities and even being separated from their siblings. The ages range from infant to young adults and it is absolutely unthinkable what these kids are going through.
Seeing these children in so much pain is heart-breaking, but the minis bring smiles and tears of joy to the faces of even the toughest of cases. In one instance, a 14-year-old boy was stoic, but you could tell he was very distressed. Recognizing he needed some space, we slowly went off walking with him away from the group. We told him it was ok to express his feelings and that the horses would just listen and wouldn't judge him no matter how he felt.
Los Angeles County Department of
Children and Family Services
He finally broke down, gripping our sweet girl Blue Moon and sobbed tears of relief. He had been holding so much sadness and fear inside and he finally felt safe enough to express himself. Being there for him on that day, in that moment is something we will never forget.
Not only are we there to support the children at DCFS, but we are also there for the case workers and staff. These incredible folks deal with heart-wrenching situations, day in and day out. They work under such stressful conditions and we are honored to provide them a moment of peace and joy.
As challenging as the visits to DCFS are, we know in our hearts we are meant to be there doing what we do best: bringing hope and healing.