Why are increasing numbers of children being removed from their homes? Why is it so hard for families to be reunited after children have been removed from the home? Should they even be reunited? What can we do to prevent children from entering into foster care in the first place?
I used to ask those questions. It wasn’t until recently that I really began to fully understand the answers to these questions.
As a mother myself, it is hard to understand actions that take place which lead to removal of children from homes. It is heartbreaking.
However, as I am understanding more the mental health issues that our nation faces, it is becoming clear to me how these things can happen. Sometimes these mental health issues go back generations. The coping skills that we develop as children are the same skills that we teach our children.
What if we grew up in a stressful home? What if we faced challenges in our home as children, such as drug addiction, violence, poverty and /or severe mental illness? Are we fully equipped to now raise our own children?
We all struggle at times as parents, making the right decision in parenting. Our limits are S —T —R —E —T —C —H —E —D at times. We try to make healthy decisions for our children. What if our families faced more barriers? (Such as transportation, insurance, mental illness, drug abuse?)
Where could we turn? Is it a dead end? Is there any hope?
I am so privileged to talk about a program that is addressing all of these challenges and countless additional barriers that haven’t been discussed….
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