A child I know doesn’t live with his mom. He lives with his grandparents. It wasn’t always this way. He once lived with his mother, but she neglected him as a infant. To avoid putting the child in foster care. The grandparents decided to take the child in and raise him.
Now the young boy is three. One morning Grandpa left early in the morning for work. Grandma was home. She was in bed. The child wandered out of the apartment to go to the unit where he and his mother had lived. He remembered where it was and wanted so much to see her. Mom wasn’t allowed to visit him at Grandpa and Grandma’s house. He walked up to the door and knocked. The person that opened the door was not his mother. He was very sad.
The tenant at this apartment called the police. Such a young child wandering around the neighborhood, by himself he needed help to find his home. Needless to say, the grandmother was in shock that the boy had wandered out the door to look for his mother.
The police did find the child’s home. They returned him to his grandparents. Together they came up with a plan to prevent this from happening again.
I know this child has lived through trauma and neglect. The impacted his social-emotional skills, brain development, physical and cognitive development. I hope that he gets all the support he needs to help him develop.