Mom and Dad were never married but had one child, at least.
Mom had another child earlier with another man who is living with a foster family.
Dad got a court order to have visitation rights but Mom disagreed.
Mom is currently living with a man with whom she is not married.
Mom kidnapped the child and hid her from Dad and the police.
Mom was arrested.
Police found the child.
Police took the child into custody and would not allow Dad to have her despite the court order.
This is a mess and is costing our government many thousands of dollars. It will damage all the children involved and very likely result in several generations of damaged, addicted, traumatized adults and cost millions. Few of these kids will get an education, keep a job or make enough money to take care of themselves. Many will be involved in violent crimes and end up in prison.
Almost 40% of all children born in America are to single Mothers who are on welfare. the kids will be on welfare their entire lives. Medicare is broke. Medicaid is broke. But the financial, social and psychological destruction of this epidemic is far worse than either Medicare or Medicaid.
What is the answer? Marriage before sex or at least before children. Husbands and wives staying together and rearing their children, making sure kids get a good education.
These are critically important.
This requires churches and Christians who know how to minister healing and wholeness to their people. Every church needs 12 Step Groups, Peer Care and Healing, Divorce Recovery and Prayer Groups.
Sweeten Life Systemsto learn how to be a healthy church. On August 29 I will teach a seminar on Mentoring Marriages. Sign up at the web site.