Adrienne’s Story

Adrienne’s initial relationship with the five children of a young woman was as a baby sitter. This young woman gave birth to the oldest of these five children when she was thirteen. The last of the five was born when she was twenty years of age. The mother had not been married to any of the four fathers of these five children. She was a drug user and a victim of abuse by the parade of men in her life. The only stability and safety in the lives of these five children was Adrienne.

One year, the mother took all of the children with her to another state, where the oldest daughter was sexually abused by the mother’s brother. (This brother is now in prison for his crime.) The mother returned to Fort Worth. Then, the mother started leaving the children with Adrienne for days and then weeks and then for almost nine months without returning or even calling to speak to the children. She of course provided no financial help to Adrienne to care and provide for her children. The children became more and more settled with Adrienne and her family, and nervous that their mother would return and try to take them off to live with another strange man.

Adrienne was referred to the MJM by CPS. We filed suit and obtained a temporary and then a final court order making Adrienne the managing conservator of the children, and giving her sole discretion when the mother can see the children. These youngsters now feel very much a part of a loving, extended family that treats them as theirs. They know that they can depend upon Adrienne and her family, something they never experienced when they were subject to the mother. Adrienne has very limited resources, and the MJM has helped her and this family with funds for rent and electricity, for food and clothing, and with school supplies and Christmas presents.

Adrienne

Adrienne era la ninera de la joven madre de cinco ninos. La joven madre habia tenido el mayor de los cinco ninos cuando ella tenía 13 anos. El ultimo nino habia nacido cuando ella tenía 20 anos. La madre nunca estuvo casada con ninguno de los cuatro padres de los cinco ninos. Ella habia usado drogas y habia sido victima del abuso y del maltrato de todos los hombres que habian pasado por su vida. Adrienne era la unica estabilidad y seguridad que los ninos tenian en su vida.

Un ano, la madre se llevo a los cinco ninos a vivir a otro estado, donde la nina mayor fue abusada sexualmente por el hermano de la madre, (el hombre se encuentra en la actualidad en prision), despues de esto la madre regreso a Fort Worth. Un dia la mama comenzo a dejar a los ninos con Adrienne a veces los dejaba dias, luego semanas y en una occasion los llego a dejar por nueve meses sin regresar o llamar para hablar con ellos. La madre obviamente, no le ayudaba a Adrienne economicamente o con el mantenimiento de los ninos. Los ninos se apegaban cada dia más a Adrienne y a su familia. Nerviosa de que la madre regresara y tratara de llevarse a los ninos a vivir con otro hombre extrano.

Adrienne fue remitida al MJM por CPS. Nosotros entablamos una demanda y obtuvimos ordenes temporales, luego una orden del tribunal convirtio a Adrienne en la persona con la custodia principal de los ninos, dandole la capacidad unica de decidir cuando la madre podria ver a los ninos. Los ninos se sienten ahora parte de una familia amorosa, una familia que los trata como si ellos siempre hubiesen sido parte de ella. Los menores saben que pueden depender de Adrienne y su familia, algo que ellos nunca antes habian experimentado con su propia madre. Adrienne es una mujer de escasos recursos, el MJM le ha ayudado a ella y a su familia con fondos para la renta, la electricidad, comida y ropa, tambien se le ha dado utiles escolares y regalos de navidad para los ninos.