Dream Center Testimony | Madison De La Torre
My name is Madison Winter de la Torre. I am 22 years old. I was placed in foster care at the age of seven after my babysitter found out we were living in a hotel. My sisters and I were abused and neglected by my mother. I stayed in foster care until I was 15 and then I ran away.
I started using drugs for two years and had my first son when I was 18, my first daughter at 21, and my third child right before coming to the Dream Center. I currently have an open DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) case with my first two children who are living with my paternal grandparents.
I was abused by my children’s father and was living in a DV (domestic violence) shelter before being accepted into the Foster Youth Program. I had also been in an outpatient substance abuse treatment program for Shields for Families to help with my substance abuse of marijuana and to satisfy court requirements with the hope of reunifying my children. Before having my third child, I was staying at a homeless shelter for expecting mothers, Queen of Pace in Lynwood, CA.
Here at the Dream Center, I have a stable home and I’m taking care of my newborn baby and I hope to have my children back soon, too. I have supportive staff, a healthy environment, and a family-like community to help me grow and succeed. I am working on my relationship with God and attending church on a more regular basis.
I’m learning to be a better and more supportive mother to my daughter and my older children, I hope we can all be reunited one day. My social workers and the Dream Center are helping me make that happen.
I would like to one day go to school and study to become a lawyer. Once I am in a stable place mentally and emotionally, I believe I can look at more educational opportunities.
Madison Winter De La Torre
The Dream Center in Los Angeles is a multi-faceted outreach that Jentezen Franklin Media Ministries proudly supports each and every month, and has for over a decade. With the continued support of our friends and partners, together, we are able to contribute to housing, food, educational opportunities, addiction recovery, and so much more for emancipated teens, Veterans, homeless, and those desperate for help but with no where else to turn. Most importantly—we're able to share the message of Jesus Christ to each and every one of them! Today we share a testimony from one of the young women, Madison, in the Foster Youth Home at the Dream Center.