It takes a 'Village' to raise a child

MILFORD — Theresa Torony held herself up as an example of what Boys & Girls Village can do for troubled teens.

Torony — a survivor, a fighter and an unmuted success story — will enter Sacred Heart University in the fall after what she described as “a wild journey with moments of loss, but also tremendous growth.

“Being ripped apart from your family, having to call a house full of strangers your home, is traumatic,” Torony said Wednesday before an audience that included elected officials, Boys & Girls Village staff and her mother, Alicia Buechner.

“If it wasn’t for their unwavering faith in me, if I hadn’t been taken into foster care by DCF (the state Department of Children and Families) six years ago, I wouldn’t be here now,” Torony said, her eyes glistening with gratitude.

The 18-year-old Torony shared her story at the groundbreaking for a new programming building at Boys & Girls Village.

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