Delilah, age 18, sits with Caitlyn, age 17, in the communal area of the girl’s unit at the juvenile detention center where Delilah is housed after assaulting her sister who threatened to sleep with Delilah’s boyfriend, CJ.
Delilah prays and says grace to herself before eating chocolate wafers at the juvenile detention center.
Sitting amongst girls, Delilah holds a dog during a pet therapy session at the juvenile detention center.
Delilah smiles while watching television at the juvenile detention center.
With her sister, Shorty, present, Delilah gives her mom, Yvonne, a rose that she made during a visit at the juvenile detention center.
Delilah cries to other girls in the gym after a court hearing that makes her uncertain about where she will go upon release. Delilah describes to the girls that she is “really 15 [intellectually]” and not 18; she tells them that she cannot live alone.
Delilah, age 23, stands underneath the bridge where she lives with her boyfriend, CJ, and other members of the homeless community in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Delilah, age 23, and CJ, age 23, sit on the steps at a motel, waiting to buy heroin.
Delilah eats a muffin, as she sits in the cafeteria at the hospital where CJ is held for an infection in his arm.
A bottle of nail polish left under the bridge where Delilah sleeps.
Delilah loiters with a group of other homeless individuals near the bridge where she sleeps.
Delilah rests her head in CJ’s lap, as they wait to get heroin from someone who is willing to give it to them at a motel in Albuquerque.
Delilah and a friend check their appearance in the reflection of someone’s car at a gas station.
Delilah and CJ sleep in his hospital bed, as he recovers from an infection in his arm related to drug use.
Delilah’s purple stocking.
Delilah rests her head on CJ’s chest, as a man stands behind them and a sex worker dresses at the top of the stairs, at a motel in Albuquerque where they spend time.
Delilah interacts with her friend, Mike, a man who is homeless, as they stands on a street; Delilah sees Mike as an ally who she trusts.
Delilah sits at a bus stop and looks at Pauline*, as Pauline* puts on make up before engaging in sex work.
A pigeon drinks water dripping from an air conditioner at a motel in Albuquerque.
Delilah speaks with a man in a truck who attempts to get her to get in his vehicle.
Delilah sits on the bed beside a man who calls himself KC who invited her to his motel room.
Delilah looks at CJ who holds her face.
John, a formerly homeless man, pours Delilah some water while they stand in front of the sink inside his motel room; John offered Delilah his room as a place to stay for a few hours.
Delilah reacts after a man points his finger at her during a heated conversation on a street in Albuquerque.
Delilah and CJ kiss at night.
Delilah sleeps on the street next to Joseph, a man she met, after CJ is arrested and sent to prison.
Delilah holds hands with Joseph, age 5, who sits on his mom, Tee’s, lap; Joseph, an autistic boy, and Tee are homeless after a domestic violence related situation with Joseph’s father.
Gathered next to a convenience store, Delilah comforts a woman who cries in fear that her boyfriend will kill her if she leaves him, citing a threat.
Delilah stands with Naynay, a friend, outside a homeless day shelter in Albuquerque.
Delilah hugs a friend who sits on the street at night in Albuquerque.
Delilah sits at her father’s grave and cries; Delilah’s father passed away when she was 5 years old. He is buried at a cemetery a mile from where she has been homeless.
A bag stuck on a tree floats in the wind on Alex’s grandfather’s property in Southern New Mexico.
Delilah sits on a dryer in Alex’s mother’s yard. One day, Delilah decided to get sober. She fled Albuquerque with two people in an RV who had been previously homeless. They took her to a town in Southern New Mexico where she met Alex, age 23.
Delilah looks at Alex as Alex’s mother, Crystal, braids her hair and Charlie, Alex’s brother, stands in the door way.
Delilah bathes in Crystal’s bathtub.
Delilah pets a horse who stands in a parking lot in the town in Southern New Mexico where she lives.
Delilah and Alex stand on a dirt road near his grandfather’s property.
Delilah sits on Alex’s lap, as Alex’s grandfather, John, holds his dog, at John’s trailer in a remote area.
John, Alex’s grandfather’s, trailer in Southern New Mexico where Delilah was first allowed to live after fleeing Albuquerque.
Adrian, age 16, paints a rainbow on Delilah’s shoulder; Adrian is Alex’s younger brother. Adrian transitioned from female to male four years ago.
Delilah sits with a drug test in her mouth at the child protective services office.
Delilah holds her daughter, Espy, on her lap during a visit at child protective services; her daughter currently lives with her aunt.
Sitting in a circle with Alex’s family, Delilah cries after receiving gifts from his family on Christmas Day.
Delilah plays Wii with Adrien, age 16, Alex’s brother, and Courtnee, age 19, Alex’s sister, in the living room of Crystal’s apartment.
Crystal, Alex’s mom, reclines on JR’s, Alex’s step dad, stomach as they lie on their bed.
Girls play in a puddle at the housing project where Delilah resides with Alex, her boyfriend, Crystal, his mom, JR, his step-father, Charlie, his brother, Courtnee, his sister, and Adrien, his teenage brother.
A didactic video which reveals how to comfort your child is shown in the parenting class.
Delilah sits in a parenting class required by the state.
Alex puts Neosporin on Delilah’s wrist after she cut them in a suicide attempt.
Delilah holds a bear as she watches a music video after finding out how her father brutally died; Delilah reconnected with family she has never met through Facebook after fleeing Albuquerque.
Delilah sits on her knees during a panic attack, as Alex stands beside her,
Delilah’s arm, as she sits in the emergency room; after many visits to the emergency room for different ailments, Delilah learned that she is positive for Hep-C.
Standing next to Alex and Courtnee, Delilah shows her middle finger at Charlie before going to a cosplay event.
Adrian, age 16, dressed as a drag queen for the cosplay event.
Delilah, Charlie (right), Cody, Courtnee, Adrien, Crystal and JR, spend time in Crystal’s room after JR brought home a puppy from grandpa’s house.
Alex lies down on his uncle’s bed, as Delilah reaches out for him,
Delilah screams during a panic attack after interacting with her sister on Facebook; her sister made negative comments about Delilah’s daughter being in someone else’s custody.
Empty bottles of medications that Delilah ingested in a suicide attempt.
Alex holds Delilah during an emotional outburst inside his mom’s apartment.
Delilah lies on a bed in the hospital.
A painting in the hallway of the hospital.
Adrian comforts his mother, Crystal, who is emotional after Delilah is admitted to the hospital after a suicide attempt.
Alex sits in a chair in the behavior medicine, mental ward, area of the hospital before visiting Delilah.
Alex kisses Delilah head after she is released from behavioral medicine, while a nurse stands beside them; Delilah stayed 7 days in the hospital after her suicide attempt.
Delilah rests her head on an air conditioner in Crystal, Alex’s mom’s, apartment, after her release from the hospital.
Delilah hugs Adrien after her release from the mental hospital.
Courtnee and Adrien fight over an article of clothing inside Crystal’s apartment.
Delilah straddles Alex interact with Charlie who stands near them as they sit at the park with Courtnee, Crystal and Adrien.
Delilah stands with Crystal (left) and Courtnee (right) in front of an ice cream truck before buying ice cream for the family.
Delilah kneels on the ground and extends her arm, hoping that a rooster will walk towards her.
Delilah tries on a wedding dress at a store in the town where she resides.
Delilah looks at a psychologist during a psych evaluation to determine her ability to parent her daughter.
Delilah lies down and looks at Alex.
A wall inside a meeting of Alcoholic’s Anonymous.
Delilah reads during a Narcotic’s Anonymous meeting.
Delilah frustrated with Alex looks away from him, as she sits in a cart as they shop at Walmart.
Delilah laughs, as a family walks by her during a festival for the 4th of July.
Delilah kisses her daughter’s head during a visit at child protective services.
Delilah leans back while sitting on a swing.
Delilah speaks with her psychiatrist through video conference.
Espy, age 18 months, sits in the doorway of the play room during a custody hearing at children’s court.
With child protective services social worker, Desiree, beside her, Coco, Delilah’s aunt, holds Espy as they walk back to their car while Delilah walks behind them in the parking lot of the children’s court.
A swing set outside the meeting room of Narcotics Anonymous.
Delilah eats a sundae at an ice cream shop in the town.
Delilah sings, as she listened to music on her phone, while she stands in the alley next to where she resides with Alex and his family.
Delilah watches Titanic while Alex works graveyard shift at the gas station.
Delilah cries after Alex proposes to her in the same small park where he asked her on a date.
Delilah walks at sunset in the town.
Delilah looks at Charlie on the front porch of the apartment as he offers her a sip of his beer, which she refuses.
Delilah sings into a toy microphone.
Delilah gets her face painted “Day of the Dead” style during a Catholic festival.
Charlie, Alex’s older brother, sleeps next to his bottle of beer.
Delilah smells flowers outside Walmart, as Alex stands next to her.
Delilah in the pool.
Delilah cuts the cake during her sober birthday party at Narcotics Anonymous.
Delilah accepts her 1-year sobriety chip during an NA meeting from a fellow addict in recovery, Venus, who is 14 years sober.
Delilah holds her 1-year sobriety chip in the palm of her hand.
Alex sweeps outside the gas station where he works the graveyard shift.
Delilah walks outside the apartment she shares with Alex’s family.
Delilah buttons her dress after showering.
Delilah and Alex feed ducks and geese at a ranch for animals near the town where they live.
Delilah listens to her sponsor, Sandra, as she sits beside Kate, her co-sponsor, while they discuss Step 2 in Alcoholics Anonymous, which reads “came to believe that a power greater than ourselves to could restore us to sanity.”
With Adrien knitting behind her, Delilah sits on Crystal’s bed and cries to her, sharing her grief and sadness with Crystal about “losing her baby” and not being able to raise her herself; Delilah asks Crystal if she thinks that she will get her daughter back and Crystal responds, “I am not going to lie to you.”
Alex stands as Delilah grips his face with her hands.
Espy, Delilah’s daughter, reaches up for Desiree, the social worker for child protective services, as Delilah stands with them during an organized visit.
Delilah looks at her aunt, Coco, who holds Espy while Leslie, Coco’s daughter, plays on her phone, as they all sit in the vital records office so that Delilah can retrieve her birth certificate during an organized visitation; in court, the judge told the social worker that she needed to help obtain a birth certificate for Delilah who has no ID and cannot refile her disability benefits without identification. Delilah asked her mother to obtain her birth certificate, but her mom failed to do so for 9 months.
Alex’s younger sister, Courtnee, age 19, lies down as a doctor monitors her baby’s heartbeat, as Crystal stands beside the bed with Delilah who puts her hands on her mouth excitingly.
Delilah stands in the living room with Courtnee and Alex.
Delilah in the pool.
Delilah caresses Courtnee’s back as Crystal embraces Courtnee after Courtnee’s break up with Cody, the father of her child; Courtnee left Cody because he was verbally and psychologically abusive towards her.
Courtnee searches the term, narcissist, after a conversation with her mom where her mom explains videos she has watched and articles she has read about abusive behavior that aligns with Cody’s actions towards Courtnee and in turn revealed a family line of intergeneration domestic violence.
Delilah holds a number as she sits in the DMV to obtain a photo ID.
Delilah bows her head during a prayer at the beginning of a Domestic Violence Awareness event in the town.
Delilah holds candles during a vigil at a Domestic Violence Awareness event where survivors shared their stories on stage.
With Delilah in front of them, Adrien comforts his mom, Crystal, as she cries after a Domestic Violence Awareness event; Crystal is overwhelmed with emotions about the victimization she experienced during her first marriage. Thoughts about her daughter, Courtnee, who just left an abusive relationship, also move her to tears.
A sunset over the mountains adjacent to the apartment where Delilah resides.
A daughter of an AA member sits outside the meeting and watches a video on her phone.
Delilah sits on a street corner in the town at night, waiting for Alex to meet her before he goes to work at the gas station.
Delilah hugs JR, Alex’s step dad, in the kitchen while Adrien (left), Crystal and Courtnee gather around the table to make tuna fish sandwiches for dinner; Delilah calls JR, “dad.”
Crystal sits with Delilah at the Social Security Administration, waiting to be interviewed to renew Delilah’s benefits; Delilah asked Crystal to be her payee, as she cannot manage her own funds.
Delilah listens to music, as she walks him from the Family Dollar store. Since she arrived in this town, Delilah almost always has music on.
A damaged tricycle left on the property where Delilah lives.
JR rests, with the puppy on his arm, as Delilah sits with him.
Crystal lies in her room at night.
Courtnee and Delilah stand together at the housing project at night.
Crystal shows Delilah how a bra should fit, as Delilah looks at bras at Walmart.
Esperanza, almost age 2, looks through glass at her mother, while she stands with a social worker inside a cubicle at the child protective services office.
Adrien (left), Alex, Delilah, Crystal, and Courtnee, sit at a pizza parlor to celebrate Delilah receiving her social security checks again. Because she was homeless, Delilah’s checks were on hold because she did not have an address where she could obtain the paperwork.
A Thanksgiving potluck before an AA meeting that Delilah attends.