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Social Workers help Mother with Disability Parent Teenager

Bonnie Brown and her 15-year-old daughter, Myra. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

Bonnie Brown and her 15-year-old daughter, Myra. Photo courtesy of ABC News.

Three social workers visit single mother Bonnie Brown 29 hours a week to help the disabled mother develop the skills to parent her teenage daughter Myra, according to this ABC News article.

“I’m trying to teach Bonnie, you can’t be her friend right now, you’ve got to be her parent. She’s going to hate you, but it’s all right,” said social worker Charlene Jordan, who offers Brown advice on how to administer discipline.

A report from the National Council on Disability that was released in September said 40 to 80 percent of parents such as Brown who have an intellectual disability lose custody of their children, compared to 13 percent of parents with a physical disability.

Children who must care for disabled parents are also more prone to depression, physical ailments and dropping out of school.

So the Browns are fortunate to have support services, said Connie Siskowski, founder of the American Association of Caregiving Youth.

Cheers to ABC News for showing how social workers help strengthen families.

Social workers help families overcome life’s hurdles. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Kids and Families website.

 

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