There is a lot I don’t know.

I would like to consider myself self-aware but I don’t know what i might do in a number of situations.

I didn’t know that I would get up after my sister passed away. Every day for a year my only goal was to just get up.

That loss happened to me as an adult. I had appropriate coping skills in my arsenal and loving, supportive people in my corner.

I work with families every day who don’t have appropriate supports and who are still learning appropriate coping skills.

I work with families who are caught in a cycle of poverty, in a cycle of trauma – the kids I see today may be the parents I see tomorrow. Though there are many amazing social workers, teachers, community members etc… out there – there are still minimal resources out there to help end cycles.

I have seen kids who were raped who became moms. I have seen those babies raising babies. I can’t imagine being faced with the decision of whether or not to have a baby – if you’re a teenager or a rape victim or a person whose unborn baby might be born without having the ability to survive after birth or any other situation that exists.

I don’t understand how our government can make a decision for a woman to have to have a child rather than that woman and her medical professional.

I especially don’t understand it when that same government doesn’t provide any supports to those women they MAKE have a child or even BEFORE they HAVE a child (sex education, birth control etc… ).

How do you care about a 6 week old embryo but not a baby/child?

I know there are loving people out there who want to have a baby who can’t- people who want to adopt – I get it and that is heartbreaking too. I know there are people who would never choose to have an abortion or who think they wouldn’t but I would like to think those same loving people wouldn’t want a child to suffer either.

There is a lot I don’t know but I see those suffering kids every day as a child protective social worker and there are too many of them and not enough of us.

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