Queens resident Amanda Packman can still clearly remember the fear and anxiety she felt when she found out she was pregnant.
At 31, Packman was living in a homeless shelter, was on methadone and the pregnancy was unplanned.
“I was unemployed and had a lot of issues in my life,” Packman, now 35, said. “But I knew I wanted to have the baby and I knew I wanted to get off methadone.”
At about 8 weeks along, she enrolled in a residential program for pregnant women on methadone, and while there, she was connected to a program that changed her life.