Hope, age 15
I met Hope as she was preparing to have her first baby. She was 15 years old and considered high risk by social services. Hope became pregnant after running away from home when her mother revealed that the man she called 'Dad' was not related to her. Hope's mother refused to attend the birth of her grandson, Marcel and Hope were housed with a foster mother and carefully monitored for the first year of Marcel's life. After his second birthday, Hope's mother became Marcel's official guardian because Hope found it too hard to cope.