Madison’s Difficult Childhood and how Radius helped

Madison’s Difficult Childhood and how Radius helped
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Nolan A Machan

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Madison shares her personal story of childhood abuse, and how the staff at Radius provided guidance and support. She now lives a rich and full life. 

“By the age of thirteen I had seen and suffered more than anyone I knew. My abuse came at the hand of my mother’s boyfriend – I won’t disclose the details, but know that no one should go through what I have.

One of my teachers became concerned when my grades – which were always fairly good – began to decline.

She took me aside and after a lot of denial and tears, I told her some of what I was facing at home. My teacher contacted the Children’s Aid Society and things moved rather quickly from there.

I was moved out of my mother’s house and into a foster home. It was during this time that I was referred to Radius Child & Youth Services.

My assessment was emotionally draining but, in many ways cleansing.

I began weekly treatment with my therapist at Radius and over the next year learned how to deal with the guilt and shame that I had locked inside. It took some time to understand that the abuse I had suffered was not my fault and to start trusting adults again.

I began short, supervised visits with my mother, after a few months of treatment, and today we share a relationship that so lacked in my younger years.

I am now enrolled in the Masters of Social Work program at a great university and hope to one day work with children who have suffered abuse.

I have a great life, a wonderful boyfriend, and enjoy a relationship with my mother that I did not think was possible. Once in awhile, the nightmares come back, but I feel that Radius Child & Youth Services has given me the tools to work through them.

I have grown as a person and no longer see myself as a victim, but as a survivor. I am in control of my life and am happy with how I am living it. Each and every day I am thankful to the clinicians at Radius for their caring, support and treatment.”

About Radius Child and Youth Services

Radius Child and Youth Services provides comprehensive assessment and treatment to children, youth and families affected by abuse, neglect, exploitation and domestic violence. We are privileged to have helped thousands of kids build bright and healthy futures. Together, we can do even MORE.

How you can help

Lots of straw hats outlet.

Join us at Hats Off for Hope on Saturday, April 6th, 2019 at LeDome Banquet Halls and help Radius do MORE. This is a fun evening which includes a cocktail reception, four course gourmet dinner, a live and silent auction, dancing and loads of fun. The emcee for the evening is Michael Sadler, lead singer for SAGA and our auctioneer is Bob Cowan of CHCH Morning Live.

Tickets are $125.00 and can be purchased at For more information about Hats Off for Hope contact Margaret McConnell, Fundraising Manager at 905.825.3242 ext. 229




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