Some of you might remember when I had talked about the mother who has five children, each child by a different father, and each father in a different prison scattered over the state? Well, the mother just gave birth to her sixth child! She has custody of the two year old and the new baby. The other four siblings are with different foster parents.
Yesterday I was in the court for a long time. The oldest of the children, a boy who is 9 years old, was finally surrendered. The mother had talked to us last week and told us that she didn’t want the boy, and that she was willing to give him up for adoption. Yesterday, the father of this boy was brought in by the deputies. His ankles were in shackles as were his wrists. I was shown the letter he has written to his son. This is the gist of that letter. It was full of spelling mistakes, and I am typing the whole thing as I remember.
Dear —– —–
I have to rite this letter to you to apolgize for not being a good father. You are a good son. I want you to be a good boy and study well. I know I won’t be oble to give you a good life. I hope I can get out of prison before you get out of skool. I am sorry that I have to give you up for adoption. I think you will be oble to have a better life in a new home and with othr people who will love you more than I could. I wish I were not a bad man. I hope I can look you up wen I get out.
This is your father— —-
It was hard for me to look at this guy sitting not too far from me. The judge asked him if he was making the decision by himself, or if he was coerced into acting thus. To which the guy said that he just didn’t want his child to keep going from one foster home to another. He wasn’t sure how it would be in ten years when he would finally get out of the prison, so he had decided by himself that the child would have a better life if he were adopted by someone who would care for him.
It was tough for me to listen to this. There are three more kids that will be going through the same procedure come April and June. I hope the family that has the kid now, will continue to have him, because that is a good home, with no other children, and the man is a pastor, and his wife is a prison guard. I was told yesterday that the mother of this child, used to be in that home as a foster kid many years ago, until she was six or seven years old.
What a cycle of life! How sad that a little child becomes a victim of abuse.