Children of the System
integration specialist Tyler Vinciguerra was in and out of the foster
care and delinquency systems from the time she was eight until she was
18. Things were not good back then when I was a kid, as far as getting
assistance, she states. Now in her late 40s, she wants to give her
clients what she didnt get.
Social workers would listen to what I had to say,
but then they would do what they wanted. They had the attitude that you
are a kid and they knew what was best, Vinciguerra explains. When
asked what she would have liked that she didnt receive, she states,
More understanding, and independence, and less institutionalization.
I love helping people and knowing Im making a difference in their lives, Vinciguerra states. Ive had clients with behavior problems who have made 180-degree changes. Ive seen them go from where whenever they would get angry, all they could do was hit walls and walk away, to where they can now get their feelings across without taking it out on property or other people. And that is after only seven or eight months. It is a long process. You dont see leaps and bounds. You see little steps with lots of regression. But you can see the process over the long run. I see them getting jobs and interacting with the mainstream, so that they feel they are part of the normal society. We are giving them a life. It makes the clients feel good that they are accepted. I treat people the way I like to be treated. I treat clients with respect and dont make them any less than I am.