In order to do that, I think it would be great to start at the source, the expectant mother. I think the inadequate education, treatment and health care are the major issues surrounding these women and their children. A mother who becomes healthy and sober would be in their right mind to raise a healthy and happy child. It breaks my heart to think of the women and children out there who have the potential to be something but are unable to become so due to their unfortunate circumstances.
With the rapid growth of dependence in the U.S. why isn't the government more interested in helping these women and their children to offset the dependency problems of the future?? Why can't they offer more programs like Project SAFE? I love this program. To be able to help women overcome their issues whether it be dependence, domestic violence, etc. and keep them with their children is an amazing feat.
I know a few women with such problems that require the call to DCFS but I also know if these women had the appropriate help and support they could get better. No child belongs in the hands of the state instead of with their families. Sometimes I hear people say, "they should just give that child away, they'd be better off" but I don't think that's true under all circumstances. I know what it's like to have a mother with a dependency problem. Although my mother was lucky enough to have the support of her family, it doesn't hurt any less that she has yet to get help. I also don't think that my brother or I would have been... [continues]
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