Cote’s Journey: A Young Mother’s Strength and Resiliency

The Story of Cote

Cote’s Journey: A Young Mother’s Strength and Resiliency

Our Mother Mission

Crittenton’s Communications Department is excited to unveil, yet, another shining example of why our mission and the work you all collectively advocate for is critically important to continue to support.

We are proud of our newest film documenting the incredible resiliency, courage and success of Cote Lucero a former client of our short-term residential treatment center. Cote was a teen mother that more than a decade ago was able to get the help she needed from our specialized teen mom and baby program, otherwise known, as the Parent and Child Education program or PACE by its acronym.

Cote’s childhood and her uplifting story of perseverance serve as a perfect example of why Crittenton will continue to prioritize and strongly advocate for pregnant and parenting system-involved teen girls.

For those of you who are new to our organization or those that don’t know our mission’s history and of the work our short-term residential center does, you should know, that so many of the young mother’s we’ve come across at Crittenton have felt alone, scared and not knowing the first thing of what it takes to be a new mom.

Crittenton has always had a special place in our hearts for helping teen mother’s. It’s in fact, the main reason, why the Crittenton of Southern California was established in 1966. We consider this program our historical legacy and “Mother Mission” that launched our agency in Orange County, California more than 50 years ago.

We’d like to thank all Crittenton employees and supporters who helped in the production of this new film. It was a true pleasure to work with all of you! And for those who will watch to the very end of the credits, you’ll get to hear a special surprise! Our very own, Blant Webb, Coordinator of the PACE program, was kind enough to sing during the photomontage at the end of the film. We thank him for sharing his vocal talents and for helping out with the film’s production.

And, of course, the final thank you goes to the one and only Cote Lucero for allowing us to reconnect with her! We are humbled and honored to have been a part of her journey. The success in her life is all her doing, but we are proud to have been there when she truly needed our help as a teenager. We couldn’t be prouder of the woman of substance she has become, and the loving mother we always knew she could be.

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Crittenton Services for Children and Families of Southern California (CSCF) is a non-profit social services agency whose mission is to heal the wounds of abuse and neglect; strengthen families; and help troubled adolescents reach their full potential. Established and incorporated in 1966 Crittenton has a highly trained workforce operating 24 hours a day / 7 days a week providing comprehensive mental health services, shelter care, and other support services to the clients in our care. We provide a full array of short-term residential services, in-home, community-based programming, wraparound family services, outpatient mental health, transitional age youth programming, foster care, and adoption services with a service planning area throughout Southern California that covers Orange, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

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