This story was published in the Idaho Statesman and broadcast on Boise State Public Radio KBSX 91.5 FM Oct. 30, 2014. See the entire series, here.
Kendra sits with her community based rehabilitation worker Jennifer Beason working on her feelings journal during her last CBRS appointment. [Katherine Jones | Idaho Statesman]
Nine-year-old Kendra sits in one of the private rooms on the second floor of Boise’s Downtown public library with her community-based rehabilitation services worker, Jennifer Beason.
Beason slides a workbook to Kendra. It is what she calls her feelings journal. “Do you know what relieved is?” she asked.
Without missing a beat, Kendra rattles off examples of feeling relieved.
“Like you forgot to bring home a paper, a really, really important paper, and then you brought it home, but you left it in your backpack and you thought you left it at school,” she said. “And then you’re relieved you still have it.”
For a year and a half, Kendra and Beason have spent about four hours each week developing social and personal skills Kendra falls short on because of a tumultuous start to her life.
By the time she was 3, Kendra was in a foster home, removed from her biological parents because of severe abuse and neglect.
“No child should go through what she went through,” said Kendra’s adoptive mother, Ginger Kreiter. “Because of what she went through, it put her in severe trauma. She had no coping skills with your ordinary life.”