Vastine comes to the Parent’s Place with 18 years of lived experience managing children with significant mental and physical health needs. She has 6 children, 5 of whom have epilepsy and ADHD/ADD, and the oldest 2 have developmental delay and mental health issues. She has spent the better part of the past 18 years as a single working mother, balancing doctor’s appointments, medication management, the public-school system, Social Security, Social Service, and social stigma. Vastine is from Annapolis, Maryland, where she discovered a love of helping people while working with the elderly. Vastine found her passion in helping others get through the struggles that she has already gone through. Due to the significant physical and mental health challenges of her children, Vastine became a stay-at-home mother where she obtained a wealth of practical knowledge. Today, Vastine lives in Glen Burnie with her children, all of whom are happy, healthy, and most importantly, stable.