Talk about everyday heroes? My friend the cook at the senior nutrition program in Rochester, WA...when her own children were in their teens, she adopted three babies in as many years...all born to the same meth-addicted mother. She did not realize at the time, the ongoing behavior problems; lack of impulse control, and many of the impulses violent.
Now the oldest child is nine. And the cook's parents have moved in with them to help raise these three wild children. Also her youngest natural son, age 20, he and his wife take one child at a time to give the four adults something of a break...so it is six adults (I think) struggling to raise these three children.
Is the prognosis for these children even known, is there hope? It has not been that long that meth-addicted mothers were giving birth, I think? The cook says "I would not give them up, I never anticipated this but they are now mine."
The children ARE capable of affection. They scream when the grandfather had to spend a few days in the hospital, and my friend arranged phone calls to him.
Is the long-term prognosis for such children known yet? It's scary...